Mate’s tragic pass­ing makes oc­ca­sion more sig­nif­i­cant for Greg Eisel

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery

THE sig­nif­i­cance of Re­mem­brance Day has grown for young army vet­eran Greg Eisel af­ter he lost a close friend in ser­vice of their coun­try.

“I was 19 when I en­listed, I’m 27 now, I re­mem­ber in high school it was a big day that we sort-of un­der­stood but I was just a kid at the time,” Mr Eisel said.

“Af­ter I en­listed, I gained more ap­pre­ci­a­tion for days like to­day and went over­seas where I spent an Anzac Day in the desert of Afghanistan right af­ter we had just lost peo­ple.”

The late Sap­per Ja­cob Mo­er­land and Mr Eisel were close friends who en­listed to­gether – Eisel was on tour with Mo­er­land when he was killed in com­bat.

“That was hard: Com­ing home when one of my best friends that I joined with died. When we got back, all the emo­tions of a day like to­day just in­ten­si­fied.

“The feel­ings you get from Re­mem­brance Day hit even harder now,” Mr Eisel said.

That is what Novem­ber 11 sig­ni­fies for Mr Eisel.

“For me to­day isn’t so much about the peo­ple cur­rently serv­ing or who have served and re­tired,” Mr Eisel said.

“It’s about re­mem­ber­ing those peo­ple, those sol­diers we lost in the years gone by.

“There are dif­fer­ent lev­els but any­one who has done any type of ser­vice tends to gain a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

Mr Eisel stood along­side army re­servist Stephen Adams and made men­tion of the unit­ing force of the day.

“If you can get a friend­ship started be­tween re­serves and reg­u­lars, then it’s a pretty good sign,” Mr Eisel said.

“Days like to­day are for all armed forces and any­one who has served: I’ll as­so­ci­ate with Navy and Air Force, that friendly ri­valry is put aside.”

The mem­ory of Ja­cob Mo­er­land and his sac­ri­fice con­tin­ues to play an im­por­tant role.

“It’s sad that Ja­cob had to pay the price but be­cause he was from Gayndah and was a young guy it helps the younger peo­ple un­der­stand.

“It was my first loss, not my last, so I will al­ways re­mem­ber Ja­cob and the oth­ers.” More Re­mem­brance Day cov­er­age on page 10.

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