Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Remembering All Our Heroes

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Remembering All Our Heroes

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Senior journalist

BEST mates and military family members will have their own special reasons to pause today at 11am, as Australia takes one minute to remember the sacrifices of war.

The rest of us would do well to take that time to express our respectful appreciation.

Gympie's Kadon Dickfos will remember his mate Cpl Ashley Birt, who was murdered in 2011, while on duty in Afghanistan, by one of the people he was helping to train.

Vietnam veteran Ivan Friske will remember his second cousins who served as conscripts in the 1950s.

And Gympie RSL sub branch president Peter Maddocks will remember his great-grandfather, Arthur Maddocks, whose body was never found after the Battle of the Somme in 1917.

Tiles commemorating the Friske brothers and Arthur Maddocks were put up on Gympie's Wall of Remembrance, in Memorial Lane this week.

Cpl Birt's mum Linda Birt is today making her own active contribution to helping recall the sacrifices not only of those we have lost, like her son, but also those who have returned from war deeply scarred and injured. …

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