Touching tribute to locals lost in conflict
HEADS bowed and total silence, save for a solitary voice, painted the most complete picture of Isis RSL sub-branch’s Remembrance Day ceremony in Childers.
RSL president Roy Owen compered the procession and invited a wave of guest speakers, including former Isis Shire mayor Bill Trevor and students from local schools, to address the crowd of veterans and community members.
Mr Trevor spoke mainly of the realities of war and highlighted the conditions in which past and present community members volunteered to fight for our country.
He said war was not “clinical, clean or over quickly”, and instead painted a much truer picture of how the biggest battles of our servicemen were not necessarily fought on the battlefield.
Mr Trevor’s speech rammed home a point commonly missed when soldiers in previous generations went to war – the importance of mental health and the community’s responsibility to take care of returned servicemen and women.
Constable Michael Schmidt was called upon to lay a wreath on behalf of the RSL, while Mal Hamilton read the Ode.
The ceremony was capped by the release of 11 white doves at 11am, all of which would eventually find their way home – something thousands of Australians lost in conflict didn’t have the chance to do.
TOUCHING LAMENT: The bugler plays The Last Post as part of Isis RSL sub-branch’s Remembrance Day service.
Former Isis Shire mayor Bill Trevor delivers his address.
Samuel Nixon and Maya Farimbella read Who Are These Men?
Mal Hamilton addresses onlookers for Remembrance Day.
Constable Michael Schmidt salutes after laying a wreath.