Bundy remembers the fallen
NOTHING was going to deter Carolyn Passer, even the sun’s heat, from taking the time to remember her father, Cyril Banks, on Remembrance Day yesterday.
Mr Banks served in the army during the Second World War.
“If I don’t get to this, I always pause at 11 o’clock,” Mrs Passer said.
A poppy respectfully displayed on her chest, Mrs Passer stood among the 250-strong crowd gathered at the Bundaberg cenotaph to commemorate the day.
Mrs Passer joined the group gathered for a minute’s silence to mark the time of the armistice of the First World War, but also to remember all those who had fallen in that and other wars.
Bundaberg resident Helen Baker continued her yearly tradition, laying a wreath in respect.
“My father was in the war and so was one of my uncles,” she said.
“I want to do something to remember them and all the other people in the war.”
Mrs Passer said she hoped the Remembrance Day tradition was passed on to younger generations.
“People died for us and I think the youth need to know that so it is not lost,” she said.
Like traditional services, the Bundaberg service was short and consisted only of the ode, the Last Post, before the minute’s silence and laying of the wreaths.
Among the crowd were about 60 ex-servicemen and women gathered to lay wreaths and to remember their mates.
One of the oldest veterans in attendance, Ron Hassett, 87, a former medical corps officer who was taken as a prisoner of war in Singapore in the Second World War, took the opportunity to commemorate his friends.
“It’s important,” Mr Hassett said.
“We finished off with 20,000 people being taken prisoner of war.”
Bundaberg RSL president Phil McNamara was pleased with how smooth the service had gone.
“Numbers were down a bit but there are more services around the region this year than there has been before,” he said.
This year services were held at Burnett Heads, Childers, Gin Gin, Biggenden, Bucca, Eidsvold and Woodgate.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service also marked the day, firefighter Andrew Smith sounding the Last Post on his bagpipes before the station observed a minute’s silence.