SER­VICE FOR THE FALLEN

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­starnews.com

THE Mara­noa joined thou­sands of peo­ple around the world who stopped to pay their re­spects to the fallen ser­vice­men and women on Satur­day.

Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices were held across the re­gion, with a strong crowd turn­ing out to sup­port the Muckadilla cer­e­mony.

Em­cee on the day David Bow­den said it was the best turnout for the town’s event he had seen.

“Nor­mally we have be­tween 12 and 20, but I think we had around 100 peo­ple here,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing seems to be get­ting bet­ter which is good.”

Mr Bow­den said they are cur­rently work­ing to­wards in­stalling a Harry Mur­ray Vic­to­ria Cross Wall at the Muckadilla ceno­taph.

“He (Harry Mur­ray) was the most dec­o­rated Aus­tralian sol­dier in World War 1 and he owned a prop­erty in Muckadilla,” he said.

“He lived here for five years and served in both World War 1 and World War 2 and there’s hardly any memo­ri­als in Aus­tralia for our most dec­o­rated sol­dier.

“He was a man who didn’t seek any recog­ni­tion but I re­ally do think he should be recog­nised.”

Mr Bow­den said they are hop­ing to have the wall in place in 12 months times.

“If ev­ery­thing works out as planned this should be re­ally big next year,” Mr Bow­den said.

PHOTO: SARAH DIONY­SIUS

LEST WE FOR­GET: David Bow­den and re­tired navy man Bill Vier­veyzer at the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony in Muckadilla on Satur­day.

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