98 Years Later, We Remember Them
Ross Page, from the South Burnett Regional Pipes and Drums, playing at the Kingaroy Remembrance Day ceremony in Memorial Park
The names on the new Kumbia War Memorial
November 12, 2016
Remembrance Day was commemorated with small ceremonies throughout the South Burnett on Friday.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 98 years ago the guns fell silent … and the bloodiest conflict the world had experienced up until that time was finally over.
More than 102,000 Australians have died serving our country across the years.
Their names are recorded on the walls of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, but also on small memorials in just about every town across the country.
In the South Burnett, two new memorials were unveiled on Remembrance Day … at Kumbia (outside the Memorial Hall) and at Boondooma Homestead.
Red poppies also abounded at the commemorations, harking back to the Flanders fields where so many young men – including many from the South Burnett – died.
“We wear a red poppy to symbolise the end of World War I and the renewal of life, as the Flanders poppy was among the first plants that grew after the devastation on the battle fields in Northern France and Belgium,” Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said.
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Some of the military representatives at the official unveiling of Kumbia's new memorial
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, Kumbia State School principal Ross Deards, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Senior Constable Adam Entwistle, Kumbia; and Cr Ros Heit
Invited guests at the Kumbia Remembrance Day commemoration (Photo: Nanango Electorate Office)
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Some of the guest speakers at the Kingaroy commemoration ... from left, Xanthe Walker , from Kingaroy State High School; Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch president Don Davey; and Major Sarah Goulding, from the Officer Training Wing at Canungra
Students from Kingaroy State High School and St John's Lutheran College made up the majority of the small crowd at the Kingaroy commemoration
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Boondooma Homestead committee chairman Buddy Thomson and South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff with the new memorial wall unveiled at Boondooma (Photo: Georgie Somerset)
Local residents gather in front of the new Boondooma memorial (Photo: Georgie Somerset)
Flags are raised at the Boondooma Homestead Remembrance Day commemoration (Photo: Georgie Somerset)