Service instils respect in the next generation
PLACING poppies on the Maroochydore War Memorial was a special moment for the Green family during Remembrance Day commemorations.
Roger Green and his fiance Gemma Kirby walked their children Deacon, 5 and Mackenzie, 7, to the centre of the service to rest the symbolic flowers beside the wreaths already laid.
They had travelled in from Maleny for the day and wanted to make sure they didn't miss out on paying their respects.
"Them doing that, they are able to understand the poems and all of the things we have just read through the service," Ms Kirby said.
"I'm ensuring that they are educated around what history is in Australia and why we live the way we do."
She and her partner had relatives who fought in previous Australian conflicts.
Mr Green said his family usually went to the Maleny service but had enjoyed the Maroochydore service.
"It's really nice to see how many people are here," Mr Green said.
Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow said Remembrance Day was a time to reflect on the sacrifices made in the First World War and subsequent conflicts.
Mr Liddelow said the service was a chance to bring back to the public the significance of the signing of the Armistice.
"It's very heartening to see that it's not forgotten," Mr Liddelow said.
"It's also nice to see the schools involved because they are the next generation to hopefully take it forward.
"At the same time it's nice to see the veteran community being supported by the community in remembering something so significant."