A long legacy the re­gion should trea­sure

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

WE DO many things well here on the Gran­ite Belt.

But one thing we do bet­ter than most is hon­our the re­gion’s legacy.

We’re a few days out from Re­mem­brance Day and it’s set to be a spe­cial one out at Amiens. Sol­dier set­tlers played such a piv­otal role in shap­ing the district as we know it to­day.

Few can imag­ine the lives they led. War weary and shipped off to for­eign land, dropped in the bush and told to make do.

If not for their re­silience and at­ti­tudes, how would the Gran­ite Belt look to­day?

They passed on their tra­di­tions and left a last­ing mark for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to con­tinue.

I dare say they’d be hum­bled and proud that their de­scen­dants and suc­ces­sors have gone to great lengths to en­sure they’re never for­got­ten. The Amiens His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion needs a stand­ing ova­tion for the tire­less work they’ve un­der­taken to hon­our the sol­dier set­tlers’ legacy.

They’ve traced, col­lected and col­lated arte­facts and fam­ily his­to­ries to paint a clear pic­ture of where this re­gion started.

It’ll all cul­mi­nate with a spe­cial Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice and un­veil­ing out at Amiens for their Legacy Cen­tre. Let’s hope that in an­other 100 years’ time there’s still peo­ple in this district who will take up the charge and con­tinue to pre­serve what’s been done up un­til now.

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