Two Townsville events set to mark Remembrance Day

Date published: 5 November 2021

Townsville will come together to pay respect to those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts at Remembrance Day events next Thursday at Anzac Park and the Thuringowa Cenotaph.

Working in partnership with the Townsville and Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branches, Council is inviting residents to join together to commemorate the end of World War I hostilities and those who lost their lives during the conflict, as well as all service men and women who have served in all wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations.

Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branch President Jeremy Browne said for him Remembrance Day was just as special as Anzac Day.

“It signifies the end of hostilities and signing of the armistice in 1918. It's a day of hope that one day soon there will not be any hostilities anywhere in the world,” he said.

“I will be reflecting on my mates and the 42 Australian sons killed in Afghanistan. My great uncle was killed in Crete and all the great men, women and service animals that have laid down their lives both home and abroad for our great country.

“I hope that everyone takes a few short minutes at 11am on November 11 to reflect and remember them, whether they are at a Remembrance Day service or at work, home or the shops.”

Townsville RSL President Bill Whitburn OAM said it was important to stop and reflect on the sombre day.

“On 11 November at 11am, we will all pause to remember all of the men and women of the Australian Defence,” he said.

“I ask that all Townsville citizens take time to reflect on their efforts and give thanks for the peace and tranquillity we live in today. We welcome our community to join with us at this commemorative service.”

Mayor Jenny Hill said Remembrance Day was an important day for all of Townsville to reflect.

“As Australia’s largest garrison city, Townsville acutely understands the sacrifice members of our military make. Remembrance Day is a significant day on our calendar for us to show our respect for the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Cr Hill said.

“Next Thursday, we will have two Remembrance Day events to bring members of the community together to reflect on the solemnity of the day and to offer each other support.

“These events will be held at Anzac Park and the Thuringowa Cenotaph, which are both significant spaces for our city’s current and past-serving members.”

Cr Hill said it was possible to show support on Remembrance Day without attending the events.

“Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day, so don a poppy pin or wear red next Thursday to show service members and their loved ones that they have support across the city,” she said.