Com­mu­nity sup­port key to RSLs

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

AT 11AM on No­vem­ber 11, 1918, the guns fell silent, sig­nalling the end of World War I.

Kawana Wa­ters RSL Sub Branch pres­i­dent Kevin Hur­man and vice-pres­i­dent Gary Pen­ney will at­tend the Bud­dina Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

Mr Hur­man served for 25 years and Mr Pen­ney 34, both in the air force.

“It’s an im­por­tant part of our his­tory, we moved from be­ing colo­nial yokels to worth­while mil­i­tary peo­ple dur­ing that time,” Mr Hur­man said. “The Kawana RSL has been run­ning an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram with sev­eral schools in the area to keep Aus­tralia’s his­tory alive.

“It’s cur­ricu­lum-based and there’s a part for kids to have a com­pe­ti­tion writ­ing po­ems and the win­ners re­cite them at the ser­vice.”

Mr Pen­ney said: “The day is about re­flec­tion and hon­our­ing not just those that have fallen or gone since but also those that are in­jured both men­tally and phys­i­cally.”

The pair are thank­ful for com­mu­nity sup­port, par­tic­u­larly the raf­fle on Re­mem­brance Day. “The back­ing we get is in­cred­i­ble. We’re con­duct­ing a ma­jor raf­fle and lo­cal busi­nesses have all con­tributed.”

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