VP Day service remembers the end of the Second World War
THOSE prepared to give their own life for their country - and the many that did - were remembered at a service to commemorate 70 years since Japan's surrender, ending the Second World War.
Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch president Paul Tramacchi said about 35 veterans attended Saturday's service in Anzac Park, part of Victory of the Pacific (VP) Day celebrations.
In a speech Mr Tramacchi urged no one to forget the sacrifice of all servicemen and women and their lasting impact on our nation - a nation that lost so many during the First World War but again stood tall, when wounds remained raw.
"The linkage to both world wars could be described as a legacy of death," he said.
"During the 1930s, the rise of the third Reich under fanatical dictator Hitler, whose goal was world domination and unknown at that time, genocide in many forms. Once again Australia responded to the call...and an even greater threat to our nation came when Australia was vulnerable to invasion, with our freedom hanging in the balance.
"This was Australia's darkest hour. The courageous deeds of our fighting men and women is well known to history."
Mr Tramacchi said those who lost their lives should never be referred to as statistics but rather as courageous men and women.
"The perimeter is a well know term in military language. The perimeter in the infantry is a circle of men. It is half a section - platoon or company," he said "
One half is on guard staying vigilant, watching for the enemy while the other half rests, sleeps and carries on with life as it is. They are more than just men; they are a brotherhood in uniform.
"The chilling fate of so many of this region's men and women, who served in both world wars, is strongly evident as we gaze at our national and regional cemeteries. For out there on the outer edge, ever so vigilant, are these warriors still protecting the perimeter."