Town pauses to honour sacrifices of region’s veterans
HALFWAY across the world from Flanders fields, 101 years on from the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, St George residents paused to remember those who had left the region to defend their country.
Many paid the ultimate sacrifice, but more than a century onwards, they were remembered.
St George RSL sub-branch secretary, Terry Salmon, said Monday’s ceremony had been an opportunity for people to remember just how lucky they were.
“It’s about remembering those that have fallen in the past, and the sacrifices of those that returned and are still affected by the traumas of war,” he said.
“It’s also about the ones that will go in the future, not just the soldiers, but their families.”
As the branch approaches their 100th anniversary, Mr Salmon said these days, very few members of the community were directly impacted by war.
“”Years ago, the percentage of the community who served or knew someone who served was the majority of them,” he said.
“These days, it’s just a small section. I think sometimes it does get forgotten.
“I don’t know how to make them remember, but we wouldn’t be here without them.”