NEW AN­ZAC ME­MO­RIAL FOR WOODGATE

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THE SER­VICE may have been shifted in­doors due to poor weather but Woodgate Beach RSL Sub Branch pres­i­dent Mal­colm Webb could not be hap­pier.

Thurs­day saw the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new me­mo­rial on the Es­planade, and a who’s who of lo­cal gov­ern­ment joined vet­er­ans to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Re­tired Lieu­tenant Colonel Harry Smith shared sto­ries from his time in Viet­nam, and em­pha­sised the Dig­gers sac­ri­fice at war.

He touched on the ca­ma­raderie be­tween the troops, as well as the con­tin­ued fight to en­sure Viet­nam vet­er­ans were recog­nised.

Mr Webb said he was re­lieved to see the me­mo­rial open af­ter years of plan­ning by the RSL.

Bund­aberg mayor Mal For­man was joined by coun­cil­lors Tony Ricciardi and Ross Som­mer­field, while state mem­ber Stephen Bennett and fed­eral mem­ber Keith Pitt also laid wreaths.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ME­MO­RIAL OPEN­ING: Cr Tony Ricciardi, Wide Bay RSL's Brian TIdyman and Cr Ross Som­mer­field.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

AF­TER YEARS OF PLAN­NING: Woodgate Beach RSL Sub Branch open new me­mo­rial.

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