We shall re­mem­ber them all

North Bur­nett ser­vices

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

Brooweena State School chil­dren wore badges com­mem­o­rate war vet­er­ans from the area.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

Plant­ing a tree for Sel and Doris Mundt.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

Wreaths laid in hon­our of the fallen.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

Vet­er­ans TonyWass, Paul Mul­vay and Keith Fisher laid wreaths at the Biggen­den Me­mo­rial Hall.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

Wreaths were laid out by vis­i­tors in front of the Monto RSL.

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