Sunset Cemetery's new display honours fallen service people

YOUNG AND OLD: Mount Isa Airforce cadets on parade at Mount Isa Sunset Lawn Cemetery, where three new signs mark the final resting place of 230 service personnel. Photos: Esther MacIntyre
YOUNG AND OLD: Mount Isa Airforce cadets on parade at Mount Isa Sunset Lawn Cemetery, where three new signs mark the final resting place of 230 service personnel. Photos: Esther MacIntyre

Returned service people attended Sunset Cemetery on Remembrance Day in Mount Isa  to see the unveiling of a new tribute to fallen soldiers.

On Saturday at 9am, returned serviceman Steven Carrington from Mount Isa RSL sub-branch, unveiled three new signs at the entrance to the cemetery.

Remembrance Day in Mount Isa

Remembrance Day in Mount Isa

“This display here at the entrance to the cemetery will forever remind us that there are 230 known Army, Navy, and Airforce personnel buried here in our cemetery,” Mr Carrington said.

Stage two will be finished off at a later date, by paving or concreting, and landscaping the area.

School captains from St Joseph’s Catholic School told stories of some of the men buried there.

Other returned service people present included Bob Burden and ex-Mayor of Mount Isa, Les Bunn.

St Joseph's School captains, Eric Asomah and Ryan Philp, give a Remembrance Day tribute to fallen servicemen buried at the cemetery in Mount Isa.

St Joseph's School captains, Eric Asomah and Ryan Philp, give a Remembrance Day tribute to fallen servicemen buried at the cemetery in Mount Isa.

The project was made possible through support from Mount Isa Mines, and Mount Isa City Council.

Mr Carrington presented Mount Isa Mines CEO, Matt O’Neill, with a silhouette figurine of a soldier as a small gift of appreciation.

“It’s very appreciated by the sub-branch, what Mount Isa Mines have done for us,” Mr Carrington said.

Mr O’Neill acknowledged distinguished guests included councillor George Fortune, and the work of the Mount Isa RSL sub-branch in honouring local service people.

“I’d really like to say a special thank you to the sub-branch up here in Mount Isa,” Mr O’Neill said.

“The work that you’re doing to make sure that everybody within town has dignified and appropriate memorials around what has gone on in the past, and to make sure that everybody lives here understands the contribution of those individuals is really important, so congratulations.”

Returned serviceman, Stephen Carrington, and Mount Isa Mines CEO, Matt O'Neill, unveil the three new metal signs.

Returned serviceman, Stephen Carrington, and Mount Isa Mines CEO, Matt O'Neill, unveil the three new metal signs.

Father Mick Lowcock blessed each of the new displays with a sprinkling of holy water, and prayed.

“May the departed find rest. Bless these memorials. May they mark the resting place of all in this cemetery who have died in conflicts,” Father Mick said.

Father Mick Lowcock sprinkles holy water while blessing the new signage and the final resting place of the Mount Isa.

Father Mick Lowcock sprinkles holy water while blessing the new signage and the final resting place of the Mount Isa.

Cadets from the Mount Isa Airforce program were on parade at the ceremony, lining up in front of the cemetery gates.

Local residents then made their way to Mount Isa Civic Centre lawn for the main Remembrance Day ceremony.