THE CLOUDS were grey and the mood sombre at Anzac Park yesterday.

Close to 100 Gladstone children, parents and grandparents bowed their heads to commemorate those lost in battle during the First World War.

Before pausing for a minute's silence, respected members of the Gladstone community paid their respects to Australian soldiers, including Gladstone RSL president Derek MacDougal.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers opened the ceremony, before Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham recited a poem titled The Inquisitive Mind of a Child.

More than a dozen individual and representative groups lay a wreath next to the shrine, with sole Gladstone war widow Heather Miles laying a wreath for her late husband.

Members of the police force, Australian army and navy reserves, Gladstone Regional Council and representatives from Gladstone primary and state high schools lay a wreath on the day.

Wendy Lanzon sang the national anthem to conclude the ceremony.

 

What's it all about?

  • Memorial Day to remember those who died in the line of duty during the First World War.
  • Commonwealth countries pay respect to armed forces on this day.
  • Hostilities ended at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
  • The red remembrance poppy is symbolic for the blood shed on the battlefield of Flanders.

 



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