Remembering those that fell

THE region will pause today at 11am to remember the soldiers, sailors and airmen who died for our country.

Ex-soldier Tom Lomax, who was in the Australian Army for just over 21 years, will be among those to observe the minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, which commemorates the armistice of World War I.

“On the day, I remember the people who sacrificed their life and the mateship. To this day I know the boys would be doing the same,” he said.

Mr Lomax is part of a defence-force family, with his father an ex-soldier and his sons, Kevin and David, currently serving with the Army.

He said each year was also tinged with sadness because of the diminishing veteran numbers and the subsequent changing of the guard.

“I’m saddened now because the veterans are dwindling in the ranks as they are passing,” he said.

Mr Lomax said he usually held a small service at Gracehaven Lutheran Homes, but would have to give the service a miss this year due to personal reasons.

“I usually talk about my feelings on the day during the service,” he said.

Bundaberg RSL president Phil McNamara said Remembrance Day was often a mixed bag for returned servicemen.

“It’s a mixed emotion of joy on one hand because everything has finished, and on the other you start counting the cost,” he said.

Mr McNamara said the day was a lot more low-key than other commemorative days.

“It’s not a big day like Anzac Day; it’s more local,” he said.

To mark the day, the public ceremonies will sound the Last Post and poems of remembrance will be read to those in attendance.

The Bundaberg ceremony will include members of the Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets, who will all be a part of the catafalque party — the first time the three groups have worked together on such an important occasion.



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