Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Families of Fallen Need Help: Leaders

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Families of Fallen Need Help: Leaders

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REMEMBRANCE Day was a day to remember not only the men and women who had fallen for their country, but the families of those who had lost their lives in war, St Patrick's College captains Max Carwright and Laura Miller told Sunday's commemoration service in Memorial Lane.

About 200 people braved blustery weather and a sprinkling of rain to gather at the cenotaph to pay tribute to the men and women who have paid the supreme sacrifice in all theatres of war.

The service, which marked the 94th anniversary since the end of the First World War, was conducted by Gympie RSLA sub-branch president Frank Bontoft with wreaths laid by Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne, Brisbane Legacy chief executive officer Bernard Wilson and Gympie RSLA sub-branch secretary Bob Stretton.

In their address to the crowd, Max and Miller said while Remembrance Day began at the end of the war in 1918 to remember the fallen and returned service men and women of the awar to end all wara, it was an event Australia had maintained and expanded.

aToday we remember not only those in the First World War, but all the selfless men and women who have given their lives for Australia in all wars,a they said.

aThis is a tradition important to Australians, providing a platform for respect for our fallen and returned that is passed down from generation to generation.

aToday is not only a day to remember those who lost their life in a foreign land in war though. Today we remember those who suffered losing their best mate.

aToday we remember the nurses and doctors who worked not only during the war, but for years afterwards.

aToday we remember the families and civilians whose lives were torn apart by war.

aToday we remember the brothers, the sisters, the mothers, the fathers of those Australians lost at war.''

Max said while he hoped he would never have to fight in a war, he and his peers had a duty to honour and commemorate those who fell defending Australia's interests and freedom. …

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