DAY OF REMEMBERANCE: Warrant Officer David Squires of the 2nd Combat Engineers Regiment, Burnett State College captains Callum Evans and Jovy Griffin, and president of Gayndah RSL Sub Branch Boyd Baker.
DAY OF REMEMBERANCE: Warrant Officer David Squires of the 2nd Combat Engineers Regiment, Burnett State College captains Callum Evans and Jovy Griffin, and president of Gayndah RSL Sub Branch Boyd Baker. Alex Treacy

Regiment visit for school of fallen soldier

EACH year, around Anzac Day, the 2nd Combat Engineers Regiment visit Burnett State College.

The visit is to honour the life of Sapper Jacob Moerland, who died in Afghanistan in 2010, while serving in the regiment.

Warrant Officer David Squires, who addressed the school's service, said while it was his first trip to Gayndah, he came from Tamworth in New South Wales, a "small country town like this”.

"Anzac Day ceremony is not about us as veterans mourning over our losses, it's about us trying to pass on the lessons so that you growing up will not have to go through the same stuff the older generations have gone through,” he said.

Warrant Officer Squires replaced Warrant Officer Michael Smith, who had performed the role in previous years.

Gayndah RSL Sub Branch president Boyd Baker said the effects of war were still felt.

"While the loss of life in later conflicts was much less than either world wars, sadly it seems the aftermath of these wars has been as costly as the actual campaigns,” he said.

"The mental cost has been huge.”


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