Big crowds ex­pected at Cot­ton Tree ser­vice

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS | REMEMBRANCE DAY -

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.

PHOTO: STU­ART CUM­MING

TIME TO RE­MEM­BER: The ser­vice is held at the Cot­ton Tree Ceno­taph ev­ery year.

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