Touching tribute for Remembrance Day at Chris Cunningham Park

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The Griffin family including (L-R) Dr John Griffin, Scott, James, Annaleisse and Monica-and-Norm Henstridge
James and Anna Griffin releasing several doves at Chris Cunningham Park.

TWEED RESIDENTS paused today at 11am for Remembrance Day and to mark the 98th year since the armistice was declared in 1918 to end World War I.

One of many services that took place across the Tweed included Chris Cunningham Park at Tweed Heads organised by Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub Branch and Twin Towns Services Club.

Two Tweed students, and brother and sister, James and Annakeisse Griffin donned authentic World War I outfits as part of the service and released several doves (pictured).

The service opened with an introduction from Tweed/Coolangatta RSL Sub Branch President J.J Russell and included the ODE (see below).

The crowd of around 150 people and passers by observed the minute silence following a outstanding bugler job by Malcolm Wood.

Reverend John Reid gave an address to call remembrance.

“What hardships these men must have endured during such terrible conditions,” he said.

“It is up to us to remember these great hardships and ensure our enemies of today are kept at bay.”

Rev Reid also delivered the benediction.

The service concluded with an address from Mr Russell, before the official wreath laying and members of the public being invited to lay wreaths or poppies.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DOVES?

The doves were commissioned by Beautiful White Doves business owner Zanna Carey, who told The Weekly they would act like a homing pigeon.

“They’ll be fine, they’re basically going to fly straight home like a homing pigeon,” she said.

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Local business owner of Beautiful White Doves Zanna Carey says the doves flew home.

Service men and women are now gathering across the Tweed at pubs, clubs and in homes to remember those lost in the global conflict as well as acknowledging those men and women who continue to grapple with war today.

 ODE

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

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Releasing doves was James and Anna Griffin