Touch­ing trib­ute to lo­cals lost in con­flict

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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