Remembering at new Cenotaph

ON THE 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the Whitsunday community will join together for Remembrance Day.

November 11 is the anniversary of the armistice which caused the First World War beweeen 1914-18 to end.

Every year at 11am on November 11, Australians dedicate one minute silence to remember those fallen troops or troops that suffered during all wars and armed conflicts.

This year is an extra special occasion for the Airlie Beach/Whitsunday RSL sub branch as it is the first test run of the new Cannonvale Cenotaph at Bicentennial Park, off Coral Esplanade.

A dedication service will be held for the new Cenotaph at 10.15am next Thursday, November 11 with the Remembrance Day service set to start at 10.45am.

All services previously held at the old Cenotaph on Altmann Avenue (opposite Whitsunday Police Station) will now be held at the new Cenotaph which is beside Cannonvale State School.

The sub-branch voted unanimously at a meeting 12 months ago to accept Whitsunday Regional Council's proposal to move the Cenotaph from Altmann Avenue to its new location, according to RSL sub- branch president Terry Brown.

Mr Brown said there were many advantages of the new Cenotaph at Bicentennial Park.

“[There will be] much better visibility for people attending services,” he said.

The slope leading into the Cenotaph offers a natural amphitheatre, which will increase visibility for both children and adults.

The other major plus, according to Mr Brown, was that the large area is surrounded by parking opportunities, which were more limited at the old site.

Deputy president Bill Rose also acknowledged that the children's equipment beside the cenotaph would help for kids learning about Australia's military history.

For more information about the Remembrance Day service call Terry Brown on 0408 763 090.

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