Members of the public watched on solemnly as the Remembrance Day commemoration took place in Kingaroy … from left, Steven Paddison, Kingaroy; Vietnam veteran Phil Lambert, Kingaroy; and Tess Cutts, from Adelaide

November 14, 2023

Remembrance Day was commemorated around the region on Saturday morning with solemn events held in most towns.

Kingaroy marked the 105th anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War I with a short march to the rotunda in Memorial Park where a short commemoration service was held.

Guest speaker was Sergeant Brett Purdon, an air intelligence analyst who is based at the Defence Force School of Signals at Cabarlah (see below).

Sgt Purdon has also served in Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Other speakers during the ceremony were former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, who led the opening prayer and benediction, and Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch president Don Davey who read The Ode.

Matt Phillips played the Last Post and Reveille, and piper Ross Page played a lament as wreaths were laid on the catafalque.

Kingaroy State High School’s vocal group sang ‘Amazing Grace” and the National Anthem.

There were also Remembrance Day commemorations in Blackbutt, Nanango, Wondai, Murgon, Goomeri and at Boondooma Homestead.

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The address by Sgt Brett Purdon:

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Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and Cr Kirstie Schumacher
Acting South Burnett mayor Gavin Jones, Cr Danita Potter and Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch president Don Davey
Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch secretary Lieutenant Commander Steven Reynolds CSM RAN (rtd) with Matt Phillips, from Kingaroy State High School, who played the Last Post
Piper Ross Page played as wreaths were placed on the catafalque

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Kingaroy Gallery


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