The annual Anzac Day ceremony is the biggest day of this community’s calendar. It is all about the spirit of the Anzacs and in particular a recognition of the 88 men and women listed on the Acland War memorial in the Tom Doherty Park. The service has been organised by the same hardworking team for many years, and is a credit to them. The sun shone brightly and the Park looked a picture, thanks to Glenn Beutel’s ongoing maintenance, mowing and gardening efforts.
For those who haven’t been, Acland Anzac day is a gathering of residents, past residents, relatives of Acland servicemen and women, local farmers and school children, miners, Oakey Army Base representatives, church representatives and visitors from the Darling Downs, South East Queensland and interstate. This year there was a fly-over of helicopters from the Oakey base, who paid tribute to a number of Anzac Ceremonies across the Toowoomba Council Region in this special way. Politicians from all three levels of Government were also in attendance and Alan Jones was in the audience to pay his respect. OCAA and Lock the Gate affiliates attended to show respect and support to what is left of this little place. It is an unique day, as much for the formal ceremony as well as the opportunity to catch with friends over a cuppa next to the pepperina afterwards.
The war memorial and other local heritage attributes were under threat for many years, and New Hope Coal had grand plans to shift the memorial to Kulpi! Thank goodness this will not eventuate in the short term following their revised Stage 3 proposal. We cannot remain complacent however, as applications can be resubmitted, new leases can be applied for and Government and company promises can be broken…
We hope the friendship, conviviality, care and concern for Acland so well exemplified on Anzac day 2013 continues long into the future. We hope to see you there next year.