Woodgate honours its fallen
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?”
LEST WE FORGET: Floral tributes at the Woodgate Beach memorial.