Edward Phillip Orreal's plaque at Samford.
Edward Phillip Orreal's plaque at Samford.

Bundaberg army veterans honoured at war memorial

MORE than 40 people turned out in Samford on Anzac Day to see their four army veteran family members honoured.

The men all had plaques with their names on installed on the Samford Avenue of Honour, which is the longest in Australia.

Anzac Day was the opening of the memorial as well as marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

Bundaberg resident Debbie Orreal said the four men honoured were her father, Vietnam veteran Edward Philip "Ted" Orreal, his brother Lionel Orreal, another brother Terry Orreal and her cousin Rodney Orreal.

Ms Orreal said the family was born and bred in Bundaberg, and is well-known in the city.

Her father was president of the Woodgate sub-branch of the RSL for three years.

"It was a very, very proud day," she said.

"Sad but proud.

"For me it was like saying goodbye again."

The family is also well-known in Bundaberg boxing circles, and her uncle Lionel was known as the "Bundaberg Boxing Boy Wonder".

Ms Orreal said it was a truly beautiful ceremony.



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