Lone Pine Memorial in Gallipoli where over 9000 soldiers were killed during WW1.
Lone Pine Memorial in Gallipoli where over 9000 soldiers were killed during WW1. Supplied

Tree planting to remember our fallen soldiers

THE Nanango community will this month be honouring those men and women who served and continue to serve our country.

The Nanango RSL Sub-Branch will be planting lone pine trees in the Nanango Community to remember and honour the servicemen who fell at Gallipoli.

The Lone Pine's significance stems from a battle in Gallipoli during the first world war where over 9000 soldiers were killed, 2000 of them were Australians.

This battle ground was known as Lone Pine.

After the battle, Lance Corporal Benjamin Charles Smith collected several pine cones from the branches used to cover the Turkish trenches and he sent them home to his mother.

From one of these cones, several seeds were sowed and successfully raised two seedlings.

One was planted in Inverell, where both her sons had enlisted and the other was presented to the Australian War Memorial to be planted in the grounds in honour of all the sons who fell at Lone Pine.

This Friday, December 7 two trees will be gifted by the Nanango Sub-Branch to two local schools.

Starting at 9am, the Nanango Sub-Branch and St Patrick's representatives will hold a ceremony at St Patrick's Primary School.

The planting of the second Lone Pine Tree will take place at Nanango State High School with their school representatives at 10am.

A third lone pine tree will be gifted and planted at the annual Christmas Nanango Sub-Branch & Citizen's Auxiliary morning tea on Wednesday December 19 with residents from Karinya Aged Care.

Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington will also be present to help plant the pine alongside Karinya residents.

The morning will begin at 9:30am followed by a morning tea with the citizens auxiliary and residents.

For more information call Nanango RSL Memorial Services Club 4163 1375.