The community of Beaudesert paused to reflect on the service and sacrifices of war at the 2021 Remembrance Day service.
Wreaths were laid and a minute’s silence observed at the Beaudesert RSL Sub-Branch service.
Among those who came to reflect were students from local schools, members of the Scenic Rim Veterans Group, local Councillor Michael Enright and Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause.
Sub-Branch President Carol Castles shared her reflections.
“The year 2021 has been memorable for our Scenic Rim community, and perhaps due to the restrictions of Covid we have learnt to treasure what we have in our country,” she said.
“At this time in reflecting, we can cast our minds back to remembering our fallen veterans, and the sacrifices they have made throughout all wars and conflicts.
“The 100-year commemoration of this very cenotaph on 28 September this year has shown how this community through 100 years, has remembered the connection of those who fought to retain our nations freedoms and continuing peace in our communities.”
Mrs Castles shared the story of veteran Charles Burgess, who enlisted on 23 June 1915 and landed back in Australia in May 1917 after sustaining severe injuries in Gallipoli and France.
She spoke of challenges he faced, being denied medical treatment, having his experiences of war unrecognised and withdrawing from society, becoming known as ‘the hermit’.
“Charles was drawn out of his lifestyle when the Stinson crash disaster happened in February 1937. His expert bush skills led him to willingly help cut a trail to the crash site, so even in civilian life, a veteran came to the fore,” she said.
“I have mentioned Charles in remembering veterans that have passed, as I am sure many of his experiences resonate with countless veterans today.
“In remembering the 100 years of this cenotaph, veterans can be reassured that, through this substantial monument, they will not be forgotten.”