NOT FORGOTTEN: Crowds lined Cambridge St as the parade wound its way through town.
NOT FORGOTTEN: Crowds lined Cambridge St as the parade wound its way through town. Joshua Macree

Mitchell remembers brave and fallen soldiers

IN SIMILAR vein to other ceremonies throughout the Maranoa, it was the town of Mitchell's turn to remember those who bravely fought and died for our fledgling nation in the early years of the Great War.

On a beautiful spring morning, community members from the town gathered at Mitchell Shire Hall to form an Anzac parade led by Darryl Betzien, Mitchell RSL vice-president, and flag bearer Scott Robertson as it made its way through the town and finally towards the cenotaph in Mitchell Memorial Park.

Participating in the parade were numerous community groups, including Mitchell State School, the Mitchell Magpies rugby league club and Mitchell Multi-Purpose Health Service.

At Mitchell Memorial Park, hymns were sung before the wreath-laying ceremony wrapped up the morning proceedings.

IN MEMORY: Mitchell residents place wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph in town.
IN MEMORY: Mitchell residents place wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph in town. Joshua Macree

Maranoa regional councillor Jan Chambers was in attendance at Mitchell Memorial Park and paid her respects to those who so courageously gave their lives in battle.

"We have gathered here to honour the memory of those gallant men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country,” she said.

"This is something very Australian, coming together for such a cause.

"Like our natural disposition to stick together through adversity, it is a simple, camaraderie gesture that flows from the deepest springs of our national character.

"The term Anzac has transcended the physical meaning to become an inspiration that embodies courage, discipline, sacrifice, self-reliance and, in Australian terms, that of mateship and a fair go.

"These days we try not to glorify war, all we ask is a simple recognition of the sacrifice, commitment and unselfish devotion by those young men and women who served so valiantly for their country and what they believed in.”


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