The start of the Remembrance Day service in Maryborough.
The start of the Remembrance Day service in Maryborough.

Hundreds turn out to pay respect

BAGPIPES sounded and people moved to lay brightly coloured floral wreaths at the cenotaph.

Delicate red poppies adorned clothing and medals sparkling in the sunlight were displayed proudly across chests.

Crowds of young and old stood silently, each individual paying their respects and perhaps remembering loved ones or friends they’d lost.

Remembrance Day services in Hervey Bay and Maryborough yesterday were attended by more than 700 people.

In Hervey Bay, RSL sub-branch president Dennis Causby paid tribute to the “mateship, tenacity, bravery and daring” of the men who fought in World War I.

“We should also reflect on those who survived and returned home in valour,” he said.

The service was also about honouring those who have served in all wars since, Mr Causby said.

Deputy Mayor Belinda McNeven said she was pleased to see so many people attend the Hervey Bay service in Freedom Park, particularly the school students.

“I’m very pleased to see the number of young people who attend each year and I think it’s really important we hold the service every year,” Ms McNeven said.

“It is really important we remember where we were and try as a society not to go back.

“As they said, it (World War I) was the ‘war to end all wars’ but the number of wars that have come afterwards is horrific,” she said.

In Maryborough, more than 300 people gathered in Queens Park.



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