Woodgate honours its fallen

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AS THE sun rose over the Coral Sea, the sound of waves crash­ing onto Woodgate Beach forced a mo­ment of re­flec­tion.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple had gath­ered at the new me­mo­rial for the dawn ser­vice but it was the sounds of the waves that pro­vided the most som­bre re­minder of what our Dig­gers faced 100 years ago.

“At this time 100 years ago waves were break­ing on an­other beach, a dis­tant rocky shore­line that very few Aus­tralians had ever heard of,” Woodgate RSL Sub Branch’s Max Emery said dur­ing his ad­dress.

Mr Emery’s words served to re­mind the crowd of the 61 Isis sol­diers who lost their lives in the First World War, in­clud­ing six Childers men who fell at Gal­lipoli.

“Lest we for­get is a time-hon­oured phrase brought into be­ing by the war,” Mr Emery read.

“We said to our­selves that we would never for­get, but let us ask our­selves – what have we done com­pared with what our brave boys did for us?”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

LEST WE FOR­GET: Flo­ral trib­utes at the Woodgate Beach me­mo­rial.

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