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Little Krysta Fahey,3, helped her poppy and ex Navy chief Peter McKellin and WWII veteran Jack Payne up to the cenotaph to lay their wreaths on Remembrance Day
Little Krysta Fahey,3, helped her poppy and ex Navy chief Peter McKellin and WWII veteran Jack Payne up to the cenotaph to lay their wreaths on Remembrance Day

NOVEMBER 11 was a day to remember when many locals, along with people around the country, stopped to remember those who had fallen at war.

The Airlie Beach Remembrance Day ceremony was held at the newly established cenotaph in Bicentennial Park in Cannonvale with about 50 people attending to pay their respects.

Remembrance Day is the anniversary of the armistice which caused the first World War to end in 1918.

Red poppy wreaths were laid at the monument with one stand-out moment when three-and-a-half-year-old Krysta Fahey helped her Poppy who was a chief in the Navy, help World War II veteran Jack Payne to lay a wreath.

The bugle and bag pipes also added that necessary dimension to the morning's proceedings.

Airlie Beach Whitsunday RSL sub-branch vice-president Bill Rose said he was thankful the rain had held off for the ceremony.

“Obviously we've done something right,” he said.

“It was nice to see people here with children too.

“We had a great cross-section of the community attend with members of the navy, council and police.

“I think we will be very happy with it [the new cenotaph] down here.”

The cenotaph was launched in a pre-ceremony event on Thursday when RSL president Terry Brown told local residents of the plans for future development in the memorial park area.

There are plans for a memorial wall to be constructed as well as a gazebo and the cenotaph will have lights so the memorial can be seen in the dark.

Mr Brown said this would also be beneficial for the growing dawn service held in Airlie Beach on ANZAC day each year.


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