Why a watch has passed through generations
FOR veteran Bernard Feeney, the tradition of passing on respect for fallen soldiers who died in battles of the past began many years ago with his son and has continued with his grandson.
“My father joined the Australian Army … he ended up dying a homeless man and was buried in Charters Towers,” he said.
More than 12 months ago, Mr Feeney’s son and grandson ended up completing a special project for the family.
“When I found out where he was buried, they went and got a photo (at the grave site) of granddad’s watch that he had carried all the way back through the war to Australia,” he said.
The watch carried a lot of history for Mr Feeney and has been handed down as a Feeney family tradition.
“It was given to (my granddad) about 1909, just before the war and was handed down to my dad, then to me, and my son and now his son and we got a photo of it taken at his gravesite,” he said.
Mr Feeney was at Marian State School today as classes filed neatly into the school’s stadium to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Veteran Bob Murry, Mr Bernard Feeney, MP Stephen Andrew and Principal Mr Len Fehlhaber said they were deeply connected to the day and were proud to be handing on their respect of the day to a younger generation.
Mr Fehlhaber spoke to students about the horror of war and urged them to have respect for those who had fallen.
The students from each grade had spent weeks preparing their handmade poppy wreaths, and two students from each class placed the wreaths around an Australian flag, an Aboriginal flag, a Torres Strait Islander flag and a Queensland state flag.