Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims is hoping for strong support for today's Remembrance Day services.
Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims is hoping for strong support for today's Remembrance Day services. Crystal Spencer

Remembering Korea

A STRONG turn-out is expected for the annual Remembrance Day service in Murwillumbah this morning, focusing on local men and women who served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.

“We’ve put the word out. We are hoping for a good turn-out,” said Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims yesterday as he prepared for the occasion, which is to include the unveiling of a special plaque commemorating the role of local service people in Korea.

Mr Sims said the plaque would be unveiled by former Commanding Officer of the 41st Battalion RNSWR, Colonel Tom Harwood AO, a former captain of Murwillumbah High School.

“He enlisted in Duntroon, the officer cadet college from Murwillumbah,” said Mr Sims.

“He was a lieutenant in Korea as a platoon commander,” said Mr Sims.

“He was commanding officer of the 41st Battalion and retired as a colonel with 2 Division in Sydney.

“He ended up as a dairy farmer at Old Bonalbo, then retired and now lives in Ballina.”

Mr Sims said pupils of Murwillumbah Public School had been asked by local veterans and the public to conduct the Remembrance Day service for the second year in a row.

They would do so under the guidance of their music teacher Vicki Armour, who is the daughter of another Korean veteran, Eric (Butch) Lawther, who served three times in Korea.

Mr Sims said the music for this year’s service would be provided by the Murwillumbah High School Band.

He said all men and women who served in Korea were invited to join in a get-together at the Murwillumbah Services Club after the Remembrance Day Service.

The service is due to commence at 10:45am today at the Murwillumbah War Memorial in front of the Tweed Shire Council chambers.

Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL sub-branch president Joe Russell is to lead the Remembrance Day service at the memorial in Chris Cunningham Park,from 10.55am.

The Twin Towns Services Club plans to present a special tribute concert starting at 11.30am, allowing members to attend the Remembrance Service in Chris Cunningham Park first.

The Kingscliff RSL sub-branch memorial service is to start at the Kingscliff Cenotaph in Marine Parade at 10.40am.

Memorial services

In Murwillumbah the service is due to commence at 10:45am today at the Murwillumbah War Memorial in front of the Tweed Shire Council chambers.

In Tweed Heads it is due to start from 10.55am at Chris Cunningham Park near the Twin Towns Services Club.

The Twin Towns Services Club plans to present a special tribute concert starting 11.30am.

The Kingscliff RSL sub-branch plans to conduct a memorial service at the Kingscliff Cenotaph in Marine Parade commencing at 10.40am



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