War dead remembered at cenotaph
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
YESTERDAY Gladstone did what Australians have done for 87 years, remembered the war dead and the joy of peace after conflict.
About 150 people, which included schoolchildren, attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at Anzac Park to pay respects to those who fell in the battles in which Australians have been involved.
Yesterday's ceremony was typical of recent years with an increase of people showing up to honour the dead.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month ? following the welcome, the ode, the prayer, the laying of the wreath, and the national anthem ? those attending observed a minute's silence.
Taking part in the service was Russell Tidd who served during the Vietnam War in Thailand and in Vietnam itself in the 'secret war'.
'They call it that because the papers didn't want to know about us, and our part there has only recently been recognised,' he said.