SURVIVORS: Prisoner of War Association members attend the Burleigh memorial. Scott Powick twe111111rembur6
AUSTRALIA'S national anthem was transformed by Samantha Naday's angelic voice at Burleigh's 2011 Remembrance Day last week.
As the Burleigh RSL commemorated the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of this century's 11th year, president Chris Keating praised her "absolutely beautiful" singing.
And while describing the cenotaph as being as hot as a "chicken rotisserie" under the spring sunshine, he praised young folk at the event.
"The cadets stood up there for 40 minutes, and not a twitch," Mr Keating said. "They gave me a lot of confidence in the younger generations, and there's a lot of good kids out there."
More than 500 people including two Burleigh State Primary School classes, Miami High School's captains, 133 army cadets, five ex-prisoners of war, Second World War veterans and elected representatives were in attendance.
Mr Keating said important as it was to recognise the signing of the armistice in the First World War, the 600 Australian soldiers who died in the Boer War also deserved remembrance.
"We shouldn't forget them just because they were just soldiers from each state before federation," he said.
"People need to be reminded of the sacrifices made by so many, such as the 32 killed in Afghanistan, and particularly the three recently shot on parade.
"It's bad enough to die in action but to be shot on parade - it must be very hard for their family and comrades.
"But that's the nature of war."
He said the 11th of the 11th of the 11th of the 11th would not happen again in most people's lifetime.
"I said to some Burleigh Primary students: 'You might be around'.
"Let's hope in 2111 there will not be so much conflict in the world, as World War One was supposed to be the war to end all wars.
"But here we are in 2011 and there's still wars going on.
"We belong to the world community and I can't see conflict ending."