Commemoration planned

GLADSTONE area RSL groups are preparing for Friday's commemoration of the 87th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

In Gladstone the commemoration service will take place in Anzac Park beginning shortly before 11am on Friday.

Gladstone RSL convener Peter Young said Charlie Company 42RQR would provide the cenotaph guard and a bugler from the Gladstone Municipal Band would play the Last Post and Reveille.

He said the day marked the the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month.

"A minute's silence will take place at this time to remember those who died and suffered in all wars,'' he said.

"This is a tradition that will be observed throughout Australia ? we remember all those who died in all wars and, to date, there has been more than 102,000 who died on active service for Australia. More than 61,000 died during the Great War.''

Mr Young said everyone was welcome to attend the service and those who wanted to lay a wreath were welcome to do so.

There will be refreshments at 42RQR in Palm Drive after the service.

The Calliope RSL sub branch is to conduct its service at the Calliope RSL cenotaph beginning at 10.50am, branch secretary Darryl Saw said yesterday. Student representatives of Calliope State School are to recite In Flanders Field and other verse.

Members of the public were invited. Member for Hinkler Paul Neville yesterday urged all local residents who were not attending ceremonies to pause for one minute's silence at 11am on Friday in memory of those "who paid the ultimate price".

He said this year's remembrance Day had a special significance because of the death of Willam Allan, the last surviving Australian World War I veteran with active service.

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