Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Students Join of Those Who the Ranks Remember

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Students Join of Those Who the Ranks Remember

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Byline: Melissa Grant

PEOPLE at Mackay's Remembrance Day service looked to the sky in silence yesterday and remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Despite predicted rain, the sun shone as a gentle breeze blew through Jubilee Park, where about 250 people gathered to pay their respects to Australia's fallen soldiers.

Jack Johnston, a Mackay RSL sub-branch member who served in New Guinea with the RAAF, summed up perfectly why it was important to observe the 92nd anniversary of the


"We are the ones who are here today and, out of respect, it is our duty that we come along and sacrifice a short time here and remember those who never came home," the 87-year-old veteran said.

Students from schools around the region, including St Patrick's College, Whitsunday Anglican School and Victoria Park State School, made up about half of the crowd at Jubilee Park yesterday.

Coningsby State School captains Chantelle Chambers and Greg Quince said it was important for young people to reflect on past wars and remember those who died in them.

"The people who died for us, who served in World War I and World War II, need to be remembered," Chantelle said.

Greg added: "It's time that we stopped to remember people who died in all wars."

A group of North Mackay State High School students formed a guard of honour at the cenotaph, while their school captain, Alice Tagney, spoke about the school's Anzac 2010 Commemorative Tour, which she recommended to other youth.

"I would like to say to all the other young people here today that if you get the chance to visit these special places make sure you grab the opportunity with both hands," Ms Tagney said.

"I guarantee you will learn so much about your country, you will learn so much about yourself and you will learn so much about the tragic generation of Australians who were never able to come home. …

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