Residents young and old mark Remembrance Day

Maryborough Education Centre students Teagan Blake and Sarsha Perry prepare to lay a wreath at the foot of the Lone Pine at the Maryborough Soldiersʼ Memorial Plot, watched on by members of the local RSL branch.

Around 50 residents came together to pause and remember those who have served and given their lives in war on Monday.

This year marks 101 years since the signing of the armistice which ended WWI. At 11 am on November 11, 1918, the guns ceased firing on the Western Front for the first time in more than four years of battle.

Community members gathered to remember the more than 330,000 Australians who served overseas during that war, and the many hundreds of thousands who have served or lost their lives in other conflicts, at a Remembrance Day service at Maryborough’s Soldiers’ Memorial Plot on Majorca Road yesterday.

Wreaths were laid by repre- sentatives from local schools, council and other groups followed by a speech from Maryborough RSL president Steve Braunton, a reading of the Ode of Remembrance, The Last Post and a minute’s silence.

Mr Braunton said he was happy with the day and particularly pleased to see the turn out of young people, with Maryborough Education Centre and Highview College students attending the service and laying down wreaths.

“I’m very pleased with the turn out. It was heartwarming to see the younger people who came along because they are the future,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, November 12

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