Tributes paid to fallen in all wars
ON THE 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year, the sacrifice made by those soldiers who died in all wars fighting for their country is marked with a minute’s silence.
This year, those marking the day will commemorate the 97th anniversary of Armistice, which ended the blood and toil of the First World War.
Kingscliff Vietnam veteran Roger Collins will be among those commemorating the day at one of a handful of services across the Tweed and southern Gold Coast.
Mr Collins said this ceremony would have special significance due to the 100th anniversary this year of the bloody battle of Gallipoli.
But the 66-year-old secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Gold Coast sub-branch said such commemorations were always important.
“I remember mates I served with, who for whatever reason are no longer with us, some of whom have taken their own lives,” the retired police officer said.
“I remember the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of all who have served our country.”
Mr Collins, a long-time member of the Currumbin RSL, will be attending that ceremony, one of the biggest in the region, which starts at 10am Queensland time.
The Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Returned and Service League Sub Branch ceremony will be conducted at 11am (NSW) at Chris Cunningham Park.
There will also be a service at 11am (Qld) at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Murwillumbah’s ceremony, again conducted by local primary school students, will take place at the memorial outside the Tweed Shire Council Chambers.
Assemble at 10.35am for a 10.40am start.
The Kingscliff ceremony at the cenotaph on Marine Parade will start at 10.30am.