Paus­ing to hon­our wartime sac­ri­fices

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MEM­O­RIES of those loved and lost will be on plenty of minds on Re­mem­brance Day as peo­ple pause to pay their re­spects.

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, com­mu­ni­ties around the world stop for a minute’s si­lence. Stan­thorpe res­i­dents will mark its com­mem­o­ra­tion with a ser­vice in Weeroona Park.

For Norm Steele it’s a time to pon­der on the self­less of­fer­ing of those be­fore us.

“When you look back at this year, it’s the an­niver­sary of some of the bat­tles from the first World War which helped with the over­all vic­tory,” the Stan­thorpe RSL sub-branch vice-pres­i­dent said.

“The amount of young men and women... we’re still los­ing young men and women in con­flicts now and it be­holds us to re­mem­ber those sac­ri­fices.

“Can we do any­thing less but re­mem­ber with re­spect and hon­our all the ser­vice men and women who have fallen or have re­turned from all con­flicts,” he said.

Bu­gler Aaron Buchanan, who has his own con­nec­tion to our wartime his­tory, is tasked with Last Post, Ode and Reveille du­ties on Satur­day.

“I’ve been play­ing for about five years in Stan­thorpe at the An­zac Days and Re­mem­brance Days and what­ever the RSL sort of needs me to do.

“I was in the Army for a cou­ple of years and have a long tra­di­tion in my fam­ily of be­ing in the mil­i­tary. My great-un­cle was a bomber pi­lot in World War Two in Eng­land so a bit of his­tory,” he said.

The ser­vice will start around 10.50am with can­non fire fol­lowed by a short ad­dress from Mr Steele, wreath lay­ing, short prayer, res­o­lu­tion and poem.

PHOTO:

HON­OUR: Stan­thorpe RSL sub-branch vice-pres­i­dent Norm Steele with bu­gler Aaron Buchanan ahead of Re­mem­brance Day. MATTHEW PUR­CELL

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