CROWDS PAY TRIBUTE: Kids jumped on stage to sing the national anthem during the ceremony as part of the Lights on the Hill memorial day. PHOTOS: Tom Threadingham
CROWDS PAY TRIBUTE: Kids jumped on stage to sing the national anthem during the ceremony as part of the Lights on the Hill memorial day. PHOTOS: Tom Threadingham

Truckies are not forgotten

MORE than 1500 people converged on Lake Apex on the weekend to remember lost truckies at the Lights on the Hill memorial.

Lights on the Hill founder Kathy White said it was a good day for everyone and a chance to come together to remember lost loved ones.

Kathy said 53 truckies were inducted onto the wall during the ceremony which was a slight increase from last year's service.

"It was a very emotional day for everyone," she said.

"The day is designed for families to come together and helps people see everyone else is the same and they are not alone.

"It's a hard day for the families."

Lindsay Smith travelled with Scott Scheiwe from the Sunshine Coast to pay tribute to his son Cooper Smith and life long friend Gerry Bell at the event.

Mr Smith said his son was killed in an accident just shy of his 21st birthday and had travelled to Gatton for every Lights on the Hill memorial since it started in 2005.

"Its like Anzac Day for truckies," he said.

"No one wants to miss it but for some it's hard to get here.

"It's not only about the truckies, it's also about the families and those left behind."

Mr Smith brought the truck his son had learned to drive in to the service which was adorned with messages in memory of his son Cooper and friend Gerry.

Mrs White said other Lights on the Hill memorials were being built in Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

To end the service Amazing Grace was played on the bagpipes followed by the horns of trucks which attended the event.


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