Veter­ans pro­vide a his­toric con­nec­tion

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

UNDERA Pri­mary School un­veiled its World War II Hon­our Roll on Re­mem­brance Day.

Around 100 peo­ple at­tended to wit­ness the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Me­mo­rial Wall, a com­bined ef­fort of lo­cal res­i­dents and Undera Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal David Far­rell.

The three plaques fea­ture 93 names of Undera and district ser­vice­men and women who served in the war.

Veter­ans Don An­der­son and John War­ren, who fought in the war, were in at­ten­dance to watch as the cov­ers were re­moved from the plaques that recog­nised their ef­forts.

Mr War­ren served as part of the 58/59th Aus­tralian In­fantry Bat­tal­ion af­ter leav­ing the fam­ily farm at St Ger­mains.

Af­ter serv­ing in France and Bel­gium, he re­turned home and now his fam­ily has wit­nessed the un­veil­ing of a plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing his ef­forts.

Mered­ith War­ren said her fa­ther is al­ways happy to share his story.

“He doesn’t hes­i­tate to talk to any­one about his ex­pe­ri­ences in the war, even with his fam­ily. He’s told us kids and the grand­kids about a lot of it,” she said.

“Days such as this, and An­zac Day, are so im­por­tant to him; it’s the recog­ni­tion and the chance to have the fam­ily to­gether.

“He’s one of two peo­ple still alive in the area, so for him to see his own name up there on the wall is a ter­rific thing to have.” Undera Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal David Far­rell said the me­mo­rial was a vi­tal part of Undera’s re­mem­brance.

“There’s a grow­ing in­ter­est in the com­mem­o­ra­tions around the district and hav­ing time for peo­ple to re­flect upon the lo­cals who have served our coun­try,” Mr Far­rell said.

“Days such as this pro­vide a great sense of con­nec­tion for every­one and there are a lot of peo­ple here who have trav­elled a great dis­tance to see the un­veil­ing and catch up with each other. “It’s just as im­por­tant for

schools to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices our ser­vice­men and women made and today we have the plaques to com­mem­o­rate that.” Guest speaker Graeme Bay­ley said Re­mem­brance Day was es­pe­cially im­por­tant for him and his fam­ily. He spoke of his grand­fa­ther Fred Rowe, who was a mem­ber of the 4th Lighthorse Brigade at Beer­sheba, and of his fa­ther, who fought in World War II.

“For me there’s a lot of per­sonal his­tory in­volved with today’s com­mem­o­ra­tions. Hav­ing two gen­er­a­tions of ser­vice­men come be­fore me, I was called on for na­tional ser­vice in Viet­nam in 1968,” Mr Bay­ley said.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber Aus­tralia is what it is today be­cause of what the ser­vice­men and women did.

“Re­mem­brance Day is just as im­por­tant as An­zac Day, it’s cer­tainly one of the big­gest days on our cal­en­dar and the sac­ri­fices of all who served shouldn’t be for­got­ten.”

LO­CAL LINK — Veter­ans Don An­der­son and John War­ren in front of the World War II com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques un­veiled at Undera Pri­mary School on Re­mem­brance Day.

KEY MO­MENT — Undera Pri­mary School cap­tains Aly Clar­i­dad and Keeija But­ter­worthSlade un­veiled the com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques.

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