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Locals encouraged to ‘remember to remember’

Remembrance Day Bundaberg
Remembrance Day: The Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch are encouraging residents to ‘remember to remember' tomorrow.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2021, Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch members are calling on locals to pause for one minute of reflection.

Remembrance Day commemorates the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front during World War I and our increasingly busy lives can mean the moment sometimes passes without recognition.

Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch board member Paul Tramacchi encouraged everyone to pause for a minute’s silence tomorrow to remember those who have served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts.

Paul, a Vietnam veteran who served as an intelligence operative, said people were often surprised to hear that Bundaberg had a long history of veterans serving their country.

“On Remembrance Day I think of one of the 161 Recce pilots I flew with as part of our intel duties and reconnaissance missions who was shot down and killed in action,” Paul said.

“I’ll never forget his bravery.”

Remembrance Day in Bundaberg a time to reflect

The time to reflect on November 11 is something Paul feels strongly connected to.

“In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, rarely do we have the luxury of reflection,” he said.

“Especially not on any subject in absolute silence.

“The silence taken on Remembrance Day allows all Australians to honour every member of the Australian Defence Force–past and present–for their sacrifice.”

RSL Queensland State President Tony Ferris agreed.

“It is only one minute, but it means so much,” he said.

“It is a moment to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, those who returned home injured or ill, and those who bravely serve our country today.”

The Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch invites members, families and locals to commemorate Remembrance Day at Anzac Park from 10.30am on November 11, 2021.