Town pays tribute to our war heroes

Able Seaman Crystal Schulz pays tribute to the fallen.
Able Seaman Crystal Schulz pays tribute to the fallen.

AT 11.11am, on 11/11/11, residents throughout Emerald observed a minute's silence to remember those who lost their lives, or are currently serving in conflicts overseas.

As several businesses shut their doors, the Emerald Airport came to a standstill, and a group gathered around the Emerald War Memorial on Egerton St for a moving ceremony that paid tribute to the servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Emerald Returned and Service League president Noel Mallyon said the service ran exceptionally well, and he was pleased to see a continued interest in Remembrance Day.

"It was a very pleasing turnout, one minute of our time is nothing compared to the effort so many have put in and still do put in for this country," Mr Mallyon said.

"With the recent loss in Afghanistan, it's important to support those risking their lives."

A group of students from Emerald's St Patrick's School treated the crowd to a rousing musical rendition of the famous 1915 In Flanders Fields poem, which is synonymous with Armistice Day.

"It was good to see the young ones still interested in the day," Mr Mallyon said.

He said he was inspired by stories of businesses around town taking the time to observe the minute's silence.

"I also heard that they announced it over the PA at the airport, and everybody there, no matter where they were going or what they were doing, stopped for minute and paid tribute," he said.

"It's those stories that are great to hear, often I think most people just need to be reminded and they'll happily stop and observe it."

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