Jour­ney to keep the spirit alive

The Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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