Video: Gladstone pauses to remember
WEARING her great granddad John Curtis's medals with pride, Amy Veach, 13, had the honour of raising the Australian flag with other naval cadets at yesterday's Remembrance Day Service at Anzac Park in Gladstone.
He served in the First World War, and she hoped to follow in his footsteps and join the Australian Naval Force.
"It makes you proud to be who you are as a cadet. Not many people get to do this," Amy said.
"It is to know and respect what they did for us. They did it for our well-being."
Two-year-old Ella Glossop is already learning the importance of commemorating Remembrance Day and Anzac Day.
Her mum, Emillie, is in her ninth year with the Australian Army Reserve.
"Today Ella laid a little wreath. She was perfect. It was her first time - she stood still, bowed her head and waited," Emillie said.
Naval serviceman Hedley Lee Platten said Remembrance Day was about saying "thank you" to the soldiers who we may not know, who made horrendous sacrifices and fought in horrific conditions.
He has a strong family history of army reserve serviceman including his great grandfather, grandfather, uncle and father.