Rememberance day on tomorrow
TOMORROW, just before 11am, get ready to pause for a moment and reflect.
Think about those who have made the supreme sacrifice for your freedom and those left behind to struggle in their absence.
You will be joined by others across the globe also remembering those who died and served in wars for their countries on Remembrance or Armistice Day.
Gympie RSL Sub-Branch president Ivan Friske urged people who can’t attend ceremonies to stop for a minute at work or at home as a mark of respect.
This year marks a significant anniversary in Australia’s wartime history, the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War – which is a focus of this year’s Remembrance Day.
Mr Friske said Gympie commemorations on Thursday would begin at 10.30 at the Reef Street end of Memorial Lane, and continue to about 11.02am.
He said the suffering of war extended to loved ones left behind and urged people to lay a wreath in remembrance on Thursday.
A number of visitors from outlying areas and interstate would be in attendance, Mr Friske said, including Legacy CEO Steven Blinkhorn, Mayor Ron Dyne, and Member for Gympie David Gibson.
Also RSL members, at a conference in Gympie to discuss veterans and ex-servicemen’s welfare and pensions, will attend.
This year’s guest speakers are from Cooloola Christian College.
Poppies will be available from the Gympie RSL from tomorrow and on Thursday.
Mr Friske called on people to lay poppies at the foot of the memorial flame and at the memorial pavers at the end of Memorial Lane. He said the numbers of people attending Remembrance Day increased every year.
In August, when Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney was killed in Afghanistan, the number of Aussies who died in war this year rose to 10.