We will remember them
Honouring the fallen with service
THE South Burnett has remembered the fallen with Remembrance Day services on Saturday.
Remembrance Day was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of the hostilities of World War I, the signing of the armistice which occurred on November 11, 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919 one minute’s silence was included as part of the ceremony.
After the end of World War II in 1945 the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day as an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead.
Next year will mark 100 years since the armistice was signed.
The Flanders Field red poppies symbolise Remembrance Day because red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium.
Several men and women from the South Burnett served in World War I or enlisted in the South Burnett to serve in the war and many did not return.
This includes Edward Lawler, who was killed in action in Belgium in 1917 and is buried there, and Frank Fisher from Cherbourg who served in the 11th Lighthorse regiment and returned in 1919.
He is Cathy Freeman’s great- grandfather.
RESPECT: Remembrance Day in Kingaroy on Saturday.