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We Will Remember Them

Story: Hellen White
Oct 25, 2019
We Will Remember Them
This Remembrance Day the Redcliffe RSL will honour those who served and fought for our country, and will also highlight another key anniversary in Australia’s military history.

This year marks 20 years since Australia’s involvement in the peacekeeping forces in Timor Leste. Members of 20 EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit) will mount the flag and form the guard for this important milestone at this year’s service on the Peninsula.

During this year’s service, Warrant Officer Andrew Pitt will speak about INTERFET, The International Forces in East Timor. This multinational non-United Nations peacekeeping taskforce was led by Australia, under Major General Peter Cosgrove.

INTERFET was made up of 22 contributing countries, set up to address the humanitarian and security crisis that took place in East Timor, from 1999-2000 until the arrival of UN peacekeepers. Following a vote for self-determination, in August of 1999, trained Indonesian militia mounted a series of attacks throughout Timor, centred mainly in the capital, Dili.

Redcliffe RSL vice-president, Cheryl Barrett, said this year’s service would be conducted by an officer from the Salvation Army and that, similar to Anzac Day, David Taylor would sing along with Ye Olde Brass Band.

While the Redcliffe RSL is focusing on the East Timor conflict this Remembrance Day, president and advocate of the Redcliffe RSL, Neville Cullen, gave a reminder of the significance of the day.

“On Remembrance Day each year, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we pause to remember all servicemen and women who have paid the supreme sacrifice for their country, or who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping activities that Australia has been involved with,” he said.

The Redcliffe service will take place at Anzac Place, beginning at 10.50am. Attendees are to be seated by 10.45am. There will be a minute’s silence at 11am. Please be aware that bike paths in the vicinity will be closed from 6.30am.

We will remember them. Lest We Forget.

Remembrance Day
Monday 11 November 10.50am
Anzac Place
Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe