WE WILL RE­MEM­BER THEM ALL

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KATE PARASKEVOS

SERGEANT Craig Thomas will be re­mem­ber­ing his mates to­day at the Southport RSL Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at An­zac Park, hon­our­ing those who sac­ri­ficed their lives.

Sgt Thomas, Direc­tor of the Southport RSL Sub Branch, has served with the army twice in East Ti­mor and Iraq.

“I know many sol­diers who have lost their lives,” he said. “I am a sergeant in the reg­u­lar army and will be think­ing of all my mates to­day.”

The ser­vice will com­mem­o­rate the 99th an­niver­sary of Re­mem­brance Day with a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony.

“It will be a straight down the line mil­i­tary ser­vice,” Sgt Thomas said.

“Not with all the bells and whis­tles as I think a lot of the real mean­ing can get lost in that.

“It’s about re­spect­fully re­mem­ber­ing the ser­vice men and women who gave their lives for this coun­try in all wars.

“We thank ev­ery­one – all the sol­diers ly­ing in un­marked graves, all the sol­diers we lost, ev­ery­one who sac­ri­ficed their lives for this coun­try – they are the real peo­ple we need to thank.”

The Southport RSL will hold their Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at An­zac Park, Southport at 10.30am fol­lowed by light re­fresh­ments at the club.

Pic­ture: MIKE BATTERHAM

Sgt Craig Thomas (front) and Dig­ger Dave Harper get ready to pay their re­spects at Southport RSL.

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