Remembrance Day in the Gulf was one to remember with the Gregory Cenotaph's official unveiling on Monday November 11.
After years of planning and many volunteer hours spent erecting the figure, the Gregory Cenotaph was unveiled with more than 30 people in attendance.
Mayor Ernie Camp welcomed all present and thanked everyone that helped with the project, with a special thanks to going to Jason Munchenberg, Brandon Goldstein, Paraway Pastoral Co and GOS Constructions.
Tess Arnold of Gregory Downs Station, spoke on behalf of the Gregory community telling of the pride felt in finally having a place to gather to commemorate on significant days.
Special guests at the unveiling were John and Jan Nelson who travelled from Charters Towers. As the owners of Beamesbrook Station John and Jan have a great connection with the area. John, a Vietnam Veteran was a rifleman firstly with 7 RAR who were involved in Tet Offensive and 1 RAR who saw action at Coral.
John said in his address,"There were many people from this area who served in WW1 and WW2. In particular today I would like to remember someone I knew well, and that's George Smith from Brookdale.
"George served in the Middle East and later closer to our shores in New Guinea. And while we remember and give thanks to those who served we should acknowledge the soldiers who suffered when they returned homeIt's is an accepted fact that living and working in the bush and being close to nature can help treat symptoms of PTSD.
"I'm sure that many who have returned from war have found solace in this area and surrounding districts. This memorial will now provide a place for the community to come together, to remember those who served and those still serving today."
At the conclusion of the service, lunch was provided by the community in the local hall with memorabilia on display.
The project was funded by the Burke Shire Council and the ANZAC Centenary Grant (funded by the Qld Premier and Cabinet).
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