RESERVE FORCE DAY; The horses were part of the Wondai Reserve Forces Day parade in 2018.
RESERVE FORCE DAY; The horses were part of the Wondai Reserve Forces Day parade in 2018. Jessica McGrath

Wondai set to host Reserve Forces Day ceremony

WONDAI will be hosting their annual Reserve Forces Day on Sunday, July 7, which will feature a parade and a recognition service.

This years Reserve Forces Day will commemorate the 80 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

The contribution to war effort by Australia, despite our small population, was mighty considerable.

Reserve Forces Day is a public event giving the community an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution and value of more than two million Australians who have served part time in the Reserve Services of the Nation.

This will be a day to commemorate the long military history of the South Burnett specifically.

Wondai is known for being a small garrison town, and the South Burnett Reserve Forces Day committee is anticipating a day to officially honour all of their part time reservists.

The day will begin at 10am with a flag raising and wreath laying service at the cenotaph in front of the Wondai Council Chambers.

This will be followed by a parade assembly and march off at 11am. The march will go down Mackenzie St and into Coronation Park, via a short right hand turn into Scott St.

Once assembled in front of the Percy Iszlaub rotunda in Coronation Park the recognition service will commence, lead by Wally Knight.

After the recognition service all attendees will be invited to retire to the Wondai RSL Diggers Club for refreshments and a chat.

The South Burnett Reserve Forces Day committee is a sub-committee of the Wondai RSL and is currently made up of Nigel Dennis, Noel Selway, and Wally Knight.

Special guests for the day will include principal military guest Mr Jason Scanes, formerly captain ARA founder of Forsaken Fighters Inc, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, mayor of the South Burnett Keith Campbell, and councillors Kathy Duff and Ros Heit.