November 10, 2019
South Burnett residents will pause for a minute’s silence at 11:00am on Monday (November 11) to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day marks the moment 101 years ago when the guns fell silent on the Western Front after four years of war.
This happened because the Germans requested an Armistice (ie a suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement with the Allies, and they later agreed to Allied terms that amounted to an unconditional surrender.
World War I resulted in the mobilisation of more than 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, with possibly as many as a third of them having no known grave.
The Allied nations chose 11:00am on November 11 as the day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.
Between 1919 and 1944 the day was known as Armistice Day, but after World War II this was changed to Remembrance Day to commemorate servicemen and women killed in all wars.
From 1920 to 1996, it was marked by two minutes’ silence at 11:00am.
However, in 1997 this was shortened to one minute’s silence by proclamation from Australian Governor-General Sir William Dean.
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Here’s where the South Burnett’s Remembrance Day services will be held:
- Blackbutt: A service will be held at the Blackbutt War Memorial at the corner of Coulson and Hart streets at 10:50am. This will be followed by refreshments at Blackbutt RSL from noon.
- Boondooma: A Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Boondooma Homestead from 10:00am, commencing with morning tea followed by a service starting at 10:30am during which new plaques will be unveiled for WWI soldiers, and then a barbecue lunch. RSVPs to (07) 4168-0159 to help plan the catering would be appreciated.
- Goomeri: A service will be held at the Goomeri Memorial Clock in the heart of town at 11:00am (attendees should arrive no later than 10:45am).
- Kilkivan: A flag-raising ceremony will be held at the RSL Memorial Park at 11:00am.
- Kingaroy: This year’s Kingaroy Remembrance Day service will be held at Kingaroy State High School rather than Memorial Park to mark the opening of a new Memorial Wall in the school’s grounds. The service is open to everyone, but guests are asked to arrive by 10:15am for a 10:40am start. This year’s guest speaker will be former KSHS student Major Craig Campbell from the Royal Australian Signal Corps. After the service, all guests will be invited to Kingaroy RSL for refreshments.
- Murgon: A service will be held at the Murgon War Memorial on the corner of Lamb and Gore streets between 10:45am and 11:05am. The service will be preceded by a parade which will assemble in the RSL club’s car park at 10:15am before marching to the Cenotaph, and Lamb Street will be closed to traffic to allow the march to go ahead in safety. The day’s proceedings will be followed by a light lunch in the Diggers Room to which everyone is invited.
- Nanango: A service will be held at the Nanango War Memorial at the corner of Henry and Drayton streets from 11:00am this morning (assembly is at 10:40am). The service will be followed by finger foods and refreshments at the RSL. Note: A service will also be held at the Karinya Aged Care Home at 9:00am for Karinya residents.
- Proston: A service will be held at Proston State School, beginning at 10:30am.
- Wondai: A service will be held at the cenotaph outside the Wondai Town Hall at 11:00am and will be followed by refreshments at the Wondai Diggers Club in Mackenzie Street.
- Yarraman: A service will be held at the Yarraman Cenotaph on the D’Aguilar Highway at 11:00am (wreath-layers should arrive prior to 10:45am).