Poem a surprise at new Cenotaph

TODAY, November 11 is Remembrance Day.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month people around the country will join to remember those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

The one minute of silence held today will show a mark of respect to all fallen soldiers and their comrades, while also signifying the end of World War I which ended on November 11, 1918.

When Bill Rose went to check on the newly established Cenotaph in Cannonvale, just days before Remembrance Day, he found a heartfelt surprise.

Laying in a plastic slip under a log was a poem by Chaplain Jim Cosgrove which had been copied out by hand and left at the cenotaph by some unknown person.

Mr Rose, who is the Airlie Beach Whitsunday RSL sub-branch vice president, said he was touched that someone had taken the time to leave the poem at the site.

“I don't know who left it here,” he said.

“It was left by someone anonymously and it was really lovely of whoever left it there. They certainly left it in the right place.”

The poem, called ‘we said a little prayer', tells the story of those who lost their lives at war and remembers them and their loved ones who sacrificed their freedom.

Mr Rose said he would look at having the prayer incorporated into future Remembrance Day ceremonies in Airlie Beach.

A Remembrance Day service will be held at the Cenotaph in Bicentennial Park in Cannonvale at 11am today.

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