Canungra Remembrance Day will have a few surprises

REMEMBER: Canungra State School leaders lay a wreath at last year's Remembrance Day Service. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
REMEMBER: Canungra State School leaders lay a wreath at last year's Remembrance Day Service. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

CANUNGRA residents and visitors can look forward to a few changes in the program at Sunday’s Remembrance Day service.

RSL Sub-Branch president for Canungra, Col Lee, said there would be a traditional memorial service to commemorate the 100th Armistice anniversary at 10.40am and this would be followed by another ceremony for the unveiling of a monument to animals and their handlers.

“The new memorial is about 2 metres long and more than a metre high and is dedicated to animals who served, their riders, handlers, veterinary surgeons and their staff,” Mr Lee said.

“We are hoping to have a few animals there on the day, horses and perhaps a service dog or two.”

Mr Lee said the traditional Remembrance Day service would also be a bit different this year, with an increased role for year six students from Canungra State School.

“We are getting the schoolkids more involved, so they will be laying the first wreath this year,” he said.

“We will also be singing the American national anthem as well as the Australian and New Zealand anthems.

“This is because 100 years ago during the Battle of Hamel, Monash had American soldiers mixed in with Australians and that was the first time America had ever let a foreign power control its military forces.”