We shall remember them all
North Burnett services
EVERY year, the nation stops to reflect on the sacrifice made by the soldiers who fought and gave their lives for it, in the First and SecondWorld Wars, Vietnam and many other conflicts.
Across the North Burnett region, the community paid its respects to their home-grown heroes, veterans, friends and families alike.
Acts of remembrance come in all sizes, from the simple laying of a wreath to the gatherings and parades of servicemen and women held in the larger cities.
All are equally important however, as demonstrated by Monto RSL Club’s decision to commemorate two recently departed members with the planting of a tree.
Those members were SecondWorldWar veteran Sel Mundt and his wife Doris.
Their son Barry Mundt said he could not be prouder.
“They were very active in the clubs; gardening, historical, the RSL,” Mr Mundt said.
“I feel very proud and I think it’s deserving that they got that recognition.”
Sel Mundt served in the Light Horse Brigade in 1941, enlisting at the age of 17.
His tour took him to Papua New Guinea in the second north division.
During this time, he was in a relationship with Doris, a local girl who worked as a farm hand during the war.
Sel ultimately suffered a wounded knee trying to get into a foxhole during an air raid and spent the rest of the war in the Postal Unit.
He became an active member of the RSL in Monto before passing away in 2010, and the Monto Cup was renamed the Sel Mundt Memorial Monto Cup in his honour.
With the passing of Doris in December last year, the RSL decided to honour the two of them by planting a tree out in front of the club building.
A memorial service was held at the Monto RSL club at 11am, with Reverend Derek Bound as the main speaker, who spoke about the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam.
“Long Tan is a modern example of the bravery of Australian soldiers,” Rev. Bound said.
“When they went back for the bodies, no Australian soldier was found shot in the back, the dead were found in groups and the bodies weren’t stripped.”
This, he said, suggested three things: the Australians did not run, they did not abandon their mates, and the enemy respected them. REMEMBRANCE DAY AT BIGGENDEN STUDENTS from Biggenden and Brooweena State Schools joined with Biggenden RSL Sub-Branch and community members to pay their respects.
School leaders led the service reading poems and prayers prepared by Biggenden State School’s Judy Dohle and the RSL’s Erica Murree.
RSL secretary Alex McNaughton said with many soldiers passing it was encouraging young people had carried on the tradition.
IN REMEMBERANCE: Harold Ware, David Watson, George Wanders, Rev. Derek Bound, John Lynn, Rita Hungerford, Bruce Jamieson and Bob Bryans gather for the service at Monto RSL.
Brooweena State School children wore badges commemorate war veterans from the area.
Planting a tree for Sel and Doris Mundt.
Wreaths laid in honour of the fallen.
Veterans TonyWass, Paul Mulvay and Keith Fisher laid wreaths at the Biggenden Memorial Hall.
Wreaths were laid out by visitors in front of the Monto RSL.