Rockhampton residents flocked to the Remembrance Day service

ON the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 11 drumbeats sounded at Rockhampton's John Leak Memorial.

Locals flocked to the Remembrance Day service to commemorate Australian soldiers throughout history, all the way from the First World War to the war in Afghanistan.

Wreaths and poppies were laid at the foot of the memorial to pay tribute to their legacy.

The 9th Battalion AIF Living History Unit took an active part in the service while depicting the uniform of First World War soldiers.

David Bell said the Living History Unit was about commemorating in an accurate way those who served their country.

"I didn't see a living connection between the present and living history of the military," he said.

"Hundreds of thousands signed up, with a high percentage being killed, wounded, gassed.

"So many didn't come home"


Drummer Vic Barrett, 83, was also a part of the service and paid tribute to some of his family members who never returned from areas like New Guinea.

"Without their sacrifice, we wouldn't be here today," he said. "It's a sacred day."

Pat Murphy attended the ceremony with her husband John, proudly wearing the medals of her great uncle who died the day after Remembrance Day in 1918.

There was also Noel Hamilton, who joined the national service in 1951 and was lined up to go to Korea before the war finished.

"It's for all Australians to remember, not just WWI, but all the conflict we've been involved in," he said.


RED poppies have been an official symbol of Remembrance Day since 1921. During the First World War red poppies were among the first plants to grow on the battlefields of northern France and Belgium. Soldier folklore tells that the red of the poppies came from the blood of their comrades. The wearing of the poppy was inspired by the poem, In Flanders Field. In Australia, a resolution was passed that from November 11, 1921 the red memorial poppy was to be worn on what was then called Armistice Day.

Topics:  remembrance day world war i

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