Kids to remember them
By ANDREW MACDONALD
THE Grafton Returned Services League will bring children from the area to participate in a poppy laying ceremony as part of Remembrance Day commemorations beginning this morning.
The RSL hopes the school-aged children's involvement in the laying of around 500 poppies on veterans' graves at Grafton Lawn Cemetery at 10am today will highlight the importance of Remembrance Day to a younger genera- tion. Grafton RSL treasurer Charlie Nelson said an increased younger presence at ANZAC Day parades in recent years showed an ongoing awareness of the Digger legacy.
"We will probably have a little service or something like that to show the kids what it's all about" Mr Nelson said.
Today's youthful approach aside, the Remembrance Day ceremony at Grafton's Memorial Park, at 10.45am this Saturday, will also see a moderate break with tradition.
Clarence Valley National Servicemen's association secretary Max Juett said after the ceremony those gathered will pause to unveil two plaques, one dedicated to the National Servicemen of Australia, the other to the National Service Women of Australia.
Mr Juett said the unveiling of the plaques, which have been donated by the Grafton RSL, will be an integral part of this year's Remembrance Day.
"I happen to know for a fact that both organisations are very appreciative of the RSL's donation," Mr Juett said.