75th Anniversary Memorial of remembrance
THEY left Australian shores in 1941, all 14,000 soldiers, off to the unknown.
It began in April and ended in November. It was pure hell.
The Rats of Tobruk they were famously coined.
Described by German radio as 'caught like rats in a trap' the brave servicemen were part of the longest siege in Australian Army history.
Saturday is the 75th Anniversary Memorial Service commemorating the Rats of Tobruk.
Rockhampton is honouring the Rats with a service at Jeffries Park, near the Neville Hewitt bridge.
Mr Tom Wyatt is the chairman of the service which will be introduced by the 2017 Rockhampton Girls Grammer school captain.
President of the Pioneer-Fitzroy-Highlands RSL District, Mr Barry Vains will address the crowd on behalf of the community.
A number of distinguished guests will attend, no less than two World War II veterans, Mr Jim Geedrick and Mr Gordon Bowser.
ABC's Jacquie Mackay will lead the national anthem. All members of the public are invited to attend.
It commences at 8am.