Townsville residents are being urged to take a moment to remember the brave servicemen and women who died for Australia’s cause in wars and armed conflicts on Remembrance Day this Monday.
Townsville City Council, in partnership with the Townsville and Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branches, will host Remembrance Day services at Anzac Park on The Strand at 10.30am and the Thuringowa Cenotaph on the Village Green at Riverway Parklands at 10.45am.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Remembrance Day held a special place in the hearts and minds of all Australians.
“At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front after more than four years of continuous warfare,” Cr Hill said.
“Since then, the 11th day of the 11th month has attained a special significance and now not only honours those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War One but all those who died in wars and armed conflicts.
“At 11am, we pause as a nation to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”
Cr Hill said Remembrance Day, like Anzac Day, carries extra meaning for Townsville, which is Australia’s largest garrison city and proudly home to Lavarack Barracks and RAAF Base Townsville.
Members of the public are encouraged to wear the traditional poppy or red clothing on Monday to show their support.
“We have a large number of military personnel and their family members in Townsville,” Cr Hill said.
“Being able to see community members don a poppy and attend a service will no doubt resonate with members of our community who have served or who have had a loved one serve in the military.”