Warwick war hero cautions “lucky” generation
THIS year’s Remembrance Day service at Leslie Park saw almost 200 Warwick residents gather to honour the end of World War I.
Warwick RSL Sub-branch president and Vietnam veteran John Skinner says it is a day for remembering those who fought and reminiscing with friends.
“Remembrance Day is when we celebrate the peace, remember and honour those who died in war and as a result of war,” he said.
Among the veterans, citizens and local politicians, the number of students from each school in Warwick were a standout of the event.
Mr Skinner commended the involvement of local schools at the service.
“Kids from Central and the lass from East spoke with confident and clear voices,” Mr Skinner said.
“The feeling they put into the recital of each poem was great.”
Students from Warwick schools lay wreaths at the memorial.
“School involvement is really important as it immerses students in the day and teaches them of its importance,” Mr Skinner said.
“We have been encouraging this for the last ten years as an important part of our Remembrance Day Service.”
A survivor of the RAAF Bomber Command and regarded as a hero by many, Bob “Jubby” Jubb addressed the crowd as guest speaker.
The 97 year-old veteran spoke of the harsh realities of conflict and the luck of Australian civilians who have never experienced it first-hand.
“Australians expect to be free because, we have never known being occupied by an enemy.
some of our Australian migrants who are from Holland, Belgium, Poland know what life is like under the heel of an enemy oppressor.” he said.
Mr Jubb spoke of the importance of the day, encouraging those gathered to reflect.