Remembering those who served

REMEMBRANCE Day last Friday held a special meaning to those who had lost loved ones during wars both past and present.

More than 70 community members gathered at the cenotaph at the Cannonvale Bicentennial Park to remember those servicemen and women who had lost their lives serving our country.

People laid wreaths made from fresh flowers and red poppies that were one of the first flowers that sprouted on the fields in France after the war had ended.

Airlie Beach Whitsunday RSL sub-branch president Terry Brown said looking at the number of lives that had been lost in combat recently, Remembrance Day was more pertinent today than ever before.

"We give our thoughts to those who did their best for our country especially those who aren't coming back," he said.

"Remembrance Day is a reminder of the terrible cost of war."

Remembrance Day is the anniversary of the armistice that recognises the end of hostilities during World War 1 in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

In 1919 one minutes silence was issued as part of ceremony to remember those who had died, especially those in unnamed graves.

Whitsunday resident and former serviceman Graeme Wyatt read out the poem 'In Flanders Fields' that was written by Canadian medical officer Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 13, 1915 one day after his friend was killed in action.

Mr Wyatt dedicated the poem to his father Reginald Wyatt who was a dispatch rider in WWI.

Whitsunday Water Police Senior Constable Neil MacMillan played the bag pipes followed by Whitsunday resident Bryce Fraser who played the Last Post on the bugle.

Snr Con MacMillan said he had been playing the bag pipes for the past 30 years at both ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

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