Challenge to do something positive in their memory
RETIRED naval officer John Greacen challenged the 250 people at yesterday's Remembrance Day Service in Warwick to do something positive to benefit others while remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Mr Greacen spent five years in the Royal Australian Navy on HMAS Stalwart and HMAS Swan, including duty in the Far East.
Now living at Wheatvale, he said people made resolutions each New Year's Day.
"With the inspiration of this collective remembrance on this special day, and while we contemplate the supreme sacrifices of the fallen who have given their tomorrow for our today, we should pledge today to do something positive to benefit others."
He said this year was 50 years since the first Australian commitment to the Vietnam War, the longest involvement in any war in Australia's history.
"We sent 30 personnel to Vietnam in August, 1962, and our participation formally ended in January, 1973."
He spoke about the loss of 102,000 Australians at war.