Hundreds gathered around the Cenotaph this morning, standing in silence, their faces lit by a flickering flame which highlighted those three words. Lest We Forget.
ANZAC Day has always been, and will always be, a very special occasion for Murweh locals.
Today marks 100 years since the very first ANZAC Day, a time when we remember the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice that was made so we can live the life we do.
And this morning, Murweh well and truly embodied the spirit of the ANZAC.
Remembering our veterans is one thing we do best. On Sunday morning, seven dedicated people, some local, some visiting, arrived at the Charleville Cemetery.
With poppies and Australian flags in hand, they honoured our local service men and women; unable to attend the service but their spirit not forgotten.
For Neil, Maurie and Adam McPhillips, returning to Charleville for ANZAC Day is a very special occasion.
” There’s about two hundred graves here of ex-service people and I think it’s special that they’re recognised, it’s special what the RSL is doing for them.
“It’s just a pleasure for us to be involved, you don’t get an opportunity like this in the big city,” says Neil.
George Donohue, a Vietnam Veteran, is the ever humble bloke behind a lot of the work that goes on.
To have visiting Veterans, and current Servicemen here for this special day is unique for a small town.
“It enables us to be the free country that we are, we just have total respect,” says Maurie.
And for Adam, who experiences the life of the Royal Australian Air Force on a daily basis, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the work of his comrades.
“It gives back something to the country, it gives back to ex-servicemen, and veterans that have actually fought for this country.
“Theres 70,000 people in the Australian Defence Force now, a lot of diverse people that we work with,” says Adam.
The second service will be held at 10am down at the Cenotaph, with the march past starting on Alfred St at 9:40am.