Important time to reflect
Residents to mark Armistice
PREPARATIONS are being made throughout the Mackay region to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice tomorrow.
Several hundred people are expected to gather at the region’s war memorials and community centres this Sunday for Remembrance Day, which marks the end of World War I and is a time to reflect on those who have served the nation.
Ceremonies will be held in Mackay, Walkerston, Bucasia, Marian, Mirani, Finch Hatton, Sarina, Koumala, Seaforth, Proserpine, Cannonvale, Bowen, Clermont, Moranbah and Emerald and other centres.
World War II veteran Terry Hayes served in the RAAF from 1944 to 1946 and will be a guest speaker at the Jubilee Park service in Mackay.
“I was 18 when I was enlisted – I was deployed to Borneo where I spent a year before I came back to Australia in August 1945, where I was operating in Richmond, and I was finally discharged in July 1946,” Mr Hayes said.
“Getting the servicemen back to Australia was a pretty big undertaking, we were released on a points system and I was probably one of the last to leave due to my young age.”
Mr Hayes was awarded a number of medals during his time in service, including the Australian Active Service Medal, the Defence Medal, the Pacific Star, two Returned from Active Service Medals and the 1939-1945 Medal.
“The Armistice is one of the most important days in modern history. Because World War I was such a terrible event, it had a tragic impact on many people,” he said.
Mayor Greg Williamson will attend the Jubilee Park service tomorrow. He said about 20 per cent of Mackay’s population had been lost in World War I.
“Remembering people who served for our country is really important. We do it well in Mackay and I’m very proud of what we do as a community,” Cr Williamson said.
Details of commemorative services planned can be found on Page 4.
TIME TO REMEMBER: Piper Alex Cameron, Mayor Greg Williamson, Maludanae Simeon, Deborah Green and Terry Hayes.