Lest we for­get their ser­vice

Re­mem­brance Day across the re­gion hon­ours he­roes

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

FOR those who have served in Aus­tralia’s armed ser­vices and those who live today be­cause of their sac­ri­fice, last Satur­day held spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.

It was 99 years ago on Satur­day that the guns fell silent in Europe.

At 11am, on the 11th of the 11th, about 30 peo­ple at­tended a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at the Can­non­vale Ceno­taph fol­lowed by a beer at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel to com­mem­o­rate fallen com­rades.

As the Last Post and Reveille played out across the green next to Can­non­vale Pri­mary School heads bowed in re­spect.

One such head be­longed to Flame­tree Tourist Vil­lage owner Aaron Bar­ton who served in the 6th Bat­tal­ion, Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment based in Bris­bane.

“I served but was never de­ployed over­seas,” he said.

“I am here be­cause of the friends in my reg­i­ment who lost their lives in Afghanistan,” he said.

Among those present were the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets, Whit­sun­day RSL mem­bers and Divi­sion one councillor Jan Clif­ford.

Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets train­ing of­fi­cer Allen Thomas said this was the first time the cadets had been able to sup­port the day as a unit.

“I think it’s as im­por­tant as An­zac Day and very im­por­tant for the kids to ex­pe­ri­ence and not let the tra­di­tion die,” he said.

“I have a per­sonal con­nec­tion as my grand­fa­ther and great un­cles fought in WWII and I know that a lot of the kids in the unit do too.

“Hope­fully next year for the 100th an­niver­sary of Re­mem­brance Day we get more peo­ple at­tend­ing.”

This year’s Re­mem­brance Day was cel­e­brated with an­other mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion – the open­ing of a war ex­hibit at the Proser­pine Mu­seum on Satur­day.

The ex­hibit has been three years in the mak­ing and in­cludes mem­o­ra­bilia re­lo­cated from the closed Proser­pine RSL club.

PHOTOS: JES­SICA LAMB

PAY­ING RE­SPECTS Aaron Bar­ton, Cr Jan Clif­ford and Mike Ley­land at the Can­non­vale Ceno­taph.

Proser­pine RSL vice pres­i­dent Ian Lade and Proser­pine His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Don Kurowski in the new ex­hibit.

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