Peacekeepers remembered

DESPITE the threat of rain, a large gathering attended Saturday's inaugural United Nations Peacekeepers memorial service in Laidley.

The event was organised by members of the Laidley RSL Sub-branch in conjunction with the local Vietnam Veterans Federation Sub-branch.

RSL president Mike Nowlan said, since 1947, Australia has contributed continuously in various ways, and today has peacekeepers in many locations.

“Although peacekeeping conjures up thoughts of an occupation posing little physical threat, since starting under the auspices of the United Nations, 13 Australians have died in peacekeeping operations,” he said.

“We remember those 13 as well as all others who have served, not only Australia, but all nations in the peacekeeping family.”

Guest of honour Captain Christopher Hawkins spoke of his own experiences in East Timor.

Vietnam Veterans Federation president Graham Allan also addressed the gathering, while the Reverend Paul Andrianatos led the prayer reading.

At the conclusion of the service, 100 yellow balloons were released. Each balloon contained a message of support.


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