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