LEST WE FORGET: John Lynn, George Wanders and Timothy Haigh at the Monto RSL's Remembrance Day Service. Credit: Sam Turner.
LEST WE FORGET: John Lynn, George Wanders and Timothy Haigh at the Monto RSL's Remembrance Day Service. Credit: Sam Turner.

How Monto commemorated: Remembrance Day 2019

FOR over 100 years, Australians have come together on this special day to commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

At 11am on November 11, 1918, four years of continuous warfare came to a bitter end with the conclusion of World War I.

Each year Australian communities gather peacefully in parks, RSLs, in their homes, or in the workplace to hold a minute silence for our lost diggers.

Monto and District RSL and Citizens Memorial Club held their service at the club, with veterans and residents visiting to pay their respects.

Cr Paul Lobegeier spoke on the devastation at Flanders Fields, and the enormous amount of casualties lost within minutes on the battle front.

“At the end of the day, that stuck in the minds of the nation,” Cr Lobegeier said.

“And here we are in Monto, under the shade of a tree, remembering those in our nation who travelled overseas to a war some say wasn’t ours.

“But they did it anyway, they volunteered, and off they went.”

Following the introductory speeches, the attendees were ushered inside to hear the Ode, followed by the Last Post and a rendition of God Save the Queen.

Cr Chambers spoke following the ceremony about how Gayndah had commemorated Remembrance day with the release of their art book.

“These entries have been written by children, who have never been a part of war in their lifetime,” Cr Chambers said.

“Their art pieces, poetry, and stories are of what they believe war was, what it was like, and why we should remember.”

She recounted a poem written by Gayndah student Lauren Trott, entitled Legacy, and the significance of it.

“There’s a whole book written by North Burnett students that shares the same sentiment as this poem.

“I want to reassure everyone in this room that the youth of today have not forgotten, and will indeed, continue to remember.”


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