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We Will Remember Them

Story: Hellen White | Photo: Paul Neil
Oct 25, 2019
We Will Remember Them
Remembrance Day is a reminder of the bravery of those who fought for the freedom we are lucky enough to enjoy and an opportunity for Bayside locals to remember them.

The day 11 November 1918 at 11am is significant as the end of the Great War but over the years has become a day of remembrance for all who served our country.

As we approach this year’s local Remembrance Day service, the Sandgate RSL wants to highlight its ongoing campaign to have a name added to the Sandgate cenotaph.

President of the Sandgate RSL Sub-branch, Peter McNamara, and his team, have been lobbying Brisbane City Council to include Corporal Vincent Healy’s name on the local cenotaph.

“Vince, who grew up in a big family in Sandgate, joined the army in November 1944, during WW2 and served till the end of the war, training and preparing for deployment on active service,” Mr McNamara said.

“With the end of the war, Vince was selected to continue serving and was deployed as part of the British Commonwealth occupation forces in Japan.”

“From there, he was deployed to Korea. Whilst serving with 3 RAR, Vince was tragically killed in action, on 7 March 1951. The loss was devastating to his mother and siblings.”

Vince was awarded several honours and awards, including Australian service medals, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korea Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.

Vince Healy and his story is featured in a book “Passage to Pusan” written by Vince’s niece, Louise Evans and is just one of many we are being asked to remember this month.

The Sandgate Remembrance Day activities will begin with a parade at 10.15am starting from the RSL. The parade will feature the drum corps from the St John Fisher College Band and a police escort.

The Remembrance Day service will follow at 10.45am.

Remembrance Day

Monday 11 November 2019
Parade starts at 10.15am
Sandgate RSL, 50 Keogh St.
Service starts at 10.45am
Sandgate Memorial Park
Brighton Road, Sandgate

We will remember them. Lest We Forget.