THERE was a respectful hush, the trumpet sounded and the flags were lowered on the war memorial at Nelson Bay in recognition of Remembrance Day.
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Darby Munro who was born and bred in Nelson Bay is an ex-serviceman.
He told News Of The Area, “I am wearing my father’s and my mother’s medals, as well as my own, my father served in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and my mother here in Australia, while I and my two brothers served in Vietnam.”
Tom Lupton of the RSL collected dirt from Apex Park during the service which will go to the Sydney War Memorial and Museum in Hyde Park.
Tom Lupton told News Of The Area, “Each sub branch from Port Stephens, including Nelson Bay, will collect soil from geo co-ordinates which represent places where men enlisted to serve in WWI.”
He believes that council will send the soil to the memorial in Sydney, which is being refurbished at present.
The soil will go into tubes of which will be embedded in the walls of the memorial, sites have been selected from around the state to supply soil for the program representing the places that Australian volunteered from to fight in WWI.
“We are working on getting the memorial steps in Nelson Bay repainted, they will be furnished with the emblem that most know as the rising sun, but the symbol is actually a representation of swords and bayonets defending the crown,” he said.
If everything goes to plan, the work will be completed by Christmas.
Kendall (Ken) Smith who lives in the Bay and served in the air force in Malaysia, said that for him, “The day is mostly about my two uncles that served in France and didn’t come home.”
Ken remembered how they would use planes to break the sound barrier to flush the enemy out of the jungle during his service in Malaysia.
John Tate was also wearing his own and his father’s medals for the service.
His father was wounded on the Black Cat Trail in PNG, and John served in Vietnam.
Steve Ward of Nelson Bay, also wearing his father’s and his own medals, continued the family tradition of attending the service which has been in his family for over forty years.
There was strong attendance at the service showing that our community continues to respect and recognise the sacrifice others have made for our Country.
By Marian SAMPSON