Her­vey Bay pipers in­vited to join global trib­ute

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - REMEMBRANCE DAY CENTENARY -

FOURTH gen­er­a­tion ser­vice­man, Her­vey Bay RSL’s Sec­re­tary Kev Collins, served in the navy as a lead­ing sea­man for 12 years.

For him, and many oth­ers in the re­gion, the mil­i­tary is part of his blood.

“We would not have the Aus­tralia we have to­day without the ef­forts of our sol­diers in the world wars,” he said.

“Well, par­tic­u­larly this year as it is the cen­te­nary of the ar­mistice, Re­mem­brance Day is im­por­tant to pay re­spect for those who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. “Thank you to all the joint ser­vices.”

Her­vey Bay’s ser­vice will be at Free­dom Park to­mor­row from 10.45am.

About 15 mem­bers of the Her­vey Bay RSL Pipe Band are invit­ing the pub­lic to a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice at 4pm to­mor­row at the Her­vey Bay ceno­taph.

The band will per­form at the ex­act same time as pipe bands all over the world. The haunting bag­pipe tune The Bat­tle’s O’er will be played as a poignant trib­ute to the sol­diers killed and wounded in World War I.

The song will be played by more than 1000 pipers and drum­mers from Aus­tralian pipe bands. Pres­i­dent Tom Pratt will play his grand­fa­ther’s pipes while wear­ing medals from his fa­ther and name­sake’s war medals from 1918 on his chest across from his own Viet­nam medals from 1968.

Photo: Cody Fox

ICONIC SOUND: Her­vey Bay pipe band’s Belinda McB­room, Derek For­tune, Jeremy Robin­son, Hugh McB­room and Tom Prat­tis.

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