Big crowds expected at Cotton Tree service
AFTER nearly 40 years and two overseas tours with the army, Michael Liddelow decided to join the RSL to give back to the forces.
“I wanted to help my fellow ex and current members and to give back to them because they have all given so much to our country,” he said.
Mr Liddelow joined the RSL in 2003 and has been president at the Maroochydore Sub Branch for five years.
He and the committee have been working hard planning this year’s service at the Cotton Tree Cenotaph.
“We’ve got Brigadier Ross Grant coming as a guest speaker – he’s a long-serving member and served with distinction,” Mr Liddelow said.
He said when it came to significant military dates, Anzac Day always drew the bigger crowds, being a public holiday.
But with November 11 falling on a Saturday this year, organisers are expecting a bigger turn-out.
“People are becoming more aware of Remembrance Day, young people are embracing it like they are Anzac Day,” Mr Liddelow said.
“Over the last three or four years, numbers have really increased and with it on a Saturday this year, I think we can expect a big number of people.”
The Remembrance Day service starts at 10.30am at the Cotton Tree Cenotaph.
Next year’s service will celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
TIME TO REMEMBER: The service is held at the Cotton Tree Cenotaph every year.