Scenic Rim residents paused to remember those lost in battle

Remembrance Day services were hosted by RSL sub-branches including Beaudesert, Boonah, Canungra, Kooralbyn and Rathdowney to mark the day when the WW1 came to an end and to remember the sacrifice made by Australians in times of conflict.

At Canungra, people congregated at DJ Smith Park to lay wreaths and observe a minute’s silence. 

RSL sub-branch president Colin Lee said it was fitting that the first wreath was laid by Rebecca Wood, whose two sons served in the Royal Australian Air Force.

“It might be the first time we’ve done this but we wanted to honour all the mothers who lost their children to war,” he said.

“Our website’s Wall of Honour now contains details of sons who were killed in action and whose mothers, often notified by the dreaded telegram, received their sons’ possessions, which  might have been only a shaving kit or a comb.”

Wreaths were also laid by children from Canungra State School as well as representatives from Scenic Rim Council, Canungra RSL sub-branch and the Vietnam Vets and Veterans Motorcycle Club.

Children also lined up to unpin their poppies and leave them at the cenotaph.

Canungra’s Sarah Berryman, 14 and Keira Hayward, 13, said they had learned about Remembrance Day at school and from their parents.

“I placed my poppy there because I feel it’s good to remember them,” Sarah said.

“This is a way to keep their memory alive.”