Journey to keep the spirit alive
USUALLY dust isn’t a good thing, but the fine layer covering the Australian flag which will fly at a special CQ Armistice Day service tomorrow carries a special significance.
The almost imperceptible addition to the flag is the result of a two-week trek in the footsteps of Australian diggers by a group of Rockhampton men dedicated to keeping the memory of those fallen troops alive.
The dust of the Western Front was carried back by members of the 9th Battalion AIF Living History Unit after their journey through French villages and spots of significance from World War I.
Tomorrow, the group will carry out the annual Remembrance Day service at the John Leak Monument on Huish Dr.
This year there is added significance, with 2018 marking 100 years since the signing of the armistice between Allied and German forces to end World War I.
The Living History Unit is still on a high after its journey to Europe, travelling along the Western Front at the invitation of the French government.
The group has become well known around Central Queensland for its painstakingly detailed approach to honouring our diggers.
It has become a mainstay of the Emu Park Anzac Day dawn service, and it was a viral photo of its rifle volley which secured its European trip.