Officer’s growing tribute to Queensland War Widows

Today, Friday October 19, Constable Michael Mayrseidl from Holland Park Police Station, presented a Sequoia Giganteum tree (Californian Redwood), to the Australian War Widows, Queensland, Queensland Police say.

The Californian Redwood is considered to be one of the tallest trees in the world, growing to over 100 metres tall and three metres in diameter.

Today’s event, was the annual Jessie Vasey Day, who was the founder of the Australian War Widows, Queensland which started in 1947.

The Guild started as a support system that provided friendship, counselling, child-minding and above all an environment of mutual support where war widows could have a sense of belonging.

Constable Michael Mayrseidl said it was a great honour to present the tree to the War Widows Guild today.

“With the right nourishment and love and respect we can expect this tree to be here in thousands of years time.”

“This pot holds more then just a tree, it is a symbol and symbols are powerful much like the the War Widows Guild, which its roots go deep beneath the surface and are strong and enduring .” Constable Mayrseidl said.

Natasha Oickle, the CEO of Australian War Widows, Queensland said finding the right place to plant this tree was important.

“It has been decided based on the climate, that the Redwood Tree will be planted at the Canungra training base, in South East Queensland.

“This base also has other Redwood trees, that have been donated so it will be planted side by side.” said Natasha.

After the presentation, the ladies enjoyed dancing and singing with the band, The Andrews Sisters Tribute Show, and couldn’t wait to take turns dancing with Constable Mayrseidl.

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