Mayor Tracy Dobie (Southern Downs Regional Council), Warwick RSL Sub-branch president John Skinner and Brigadier Duncan Hawyard walk to the cenotaph on Remembrance Day 2018.
Mayor Tracy Dobie (Southern Downs Regional Council), Warwick RSL Sub-branch president John Skinner and Brigadier Duncan Hawyard walk to the cenotaph on Remembrance Day 2018.

Commemorating the fallen

WHEN the clock strikes 11 tomorrow morning, the country will come to a standstill.

Marking 101 years since guns on the Western Front fell silent after four years of war, Remembrance Day reflects an important period in Australian history.

Vietnam veteran and Warwick RSL sub branch president John Skinner said it was an opportunity to remember those who fought, while also reminiscing with old friends.

"Anzac Day is our 'holy day' and probably our most significant public holiday, and it now reflects Australians involved in every war," Mr Skinner said.

"Remembrance Day is when we celebrate the peace, remember and honour those who died in war and as a result of war.

"It doesn't attract the same attention as other commemorative days but it's still a very significant part of our history."

Attendance at Remembrance Day events have varied over the years, with numbers dropping considerably during the 1980s and 1990s, according to Mr Skinner.

"Over the last few years we've had about 300-400 people turning out here in Warwick, it's very encouraging to see that people are interested," he said.

"When Bruce Scott was the Member for Maranoa and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, a program started to educate kids in schools about what happened during the World Wars.

"Anzac Day and Remembrance Day certainly benefited in numbers and knowledge by those kids learning about what happened."

While it is a time that some veterans prefer to forget, Remembrance Day helps future generations understand the tragedy the country once endured.

"Some ex-military people like to forget what they went through, so they don't go to commemorative services," he said.

"Others really like going so they can be with their mates and enjoy the company with those who went through similar circumstances."

The Warwick service will commence at 10.30am tomorrow at the Cenotpath.

"We have Bob Jubb, who is a veteran of Bomber Command in World War 2 speaking at the service," Mr Skinner said.

"We are also going to have the light horse brigade ride around the park and come in at 10.30am.

"We get a lot of schools that send representatives down to lay wreaths, and they might send two or three students or a bigger group."

Remembrance Day services will take place across the Southern Downs.

Warwick: War Memorial Precinct, Leslie Park at 10.30am

Stanthorpe: Marsh St at 10.30am

Killarney: Ivy St at 10.45am

Clifton: King & Edward Sts at 10.50am

Allora: Memorial Park at 10.45am

Goondiwindi: Lehman Park at 10.30am

Leyburn: Liberator Park at 10.30am

Texas: Cnr Avon & St George Sts at 11am

Wallangarra: 69 Barawell St at 10.50am



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