TIME TO REFLECT: Boyd Baker with the soldiers from 2CER, 7SQN.
TIME TO REFLECT: Boyd Baker with the soldiers from 2CER, 7SQN. Marissa Newman

Thankful for our freedom

FIFTY-EIGHT soldiers from Gayndah never returned home from World War I.

Their sacrifice, and the service of all the region's servicemen and women was honoured at a range of events at Gayndah at the weekend.

At one community tribute, 20 hoop pines were planted.

The trees were planted in a line at the northern end of the cemetery, and the avenue of hoop pines will be known as Remembrance Avenue.

The plaque commemorating the event was unveiled by Mike Geobel, Boyd Baker and Cr John Zahl.

Mike Goebel, Boyd Baker and Cr John Zahl at the opening of the Hoop Pine Avenue
Mike Goebel, Boyd Baker and Cr John Zahl at the opening of the Hoop Pine Avenue Marissa Newman

A morning tea was then held by the Country Women's Association.

After the morning tea a plaque was unveiled for the opening of the RSL Hall Memorial Garden on the northern side of the hall.

The RSL dinner was held on Saturday night for 150 invited guests to remember those who fought in all wars.

The Remembrance Day service on Sunday started with a street parade.

After the official service there was a celebration featuring the sounds of sirens, school bells and church bells in an effort to recreate the celebrations that would have been held 100 years ago when the end of World War I was declared.

Finally, a Picnic for Peace was held in Lions Park - an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate the freedoms of today.

Member for Callide Colin Boyce
Member for Callide Colin Boyce Marissa Newman

State Member for Callide Colin Boyce attended the RSL dinner, the Remembrance Day service and the Picnic for Peace in Gayndah.

"Remembrance Day is about recognising the fact that there were thousands and thousands of Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide us with the freedoms and lifestyles that we enjoy today,” Mr Boyce said.

He said the celebrations in Gayndah were excellent.

"I attended the RSL dinner, which was well attended by approximately 150 people they tell me, with members of the armed services, from the engineering regiment in Brisbane and some guest speakers, the member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, so I had a really good night I thought,” he said.

Mr Boyce also enjoyed the Remembrance Day service.

"The service had a good turnout, with good representation from all the school children and a great day for Gayndah,” he said.


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