Muswellbrook RSL sub-branch holds event for local war widows

WHEN somebody is lost at war it is not a memory that simply fades away, and an event in Muswellbrook has given widows of the fallen a chance to pay their respects at an official ceremony.

On Wednesday the 17th of April, the local RSL sub-branch held a memorial service at the Field of Remembrance where over a dozen women gathered in solidarity to honour their partner's sacrifice.

There were prayers and hymns led by reverend Scott Dulley of St Alban's Anglican Church before poppies and a wreath were laid down.

Neita Burkill [OAM] was one of the women in attendance and she spoke of how much the day means to all of them.

"Our war widows and those of legacy, they do appreciate this day," she said.

The group get together once a month for both the widows and legacy group as a support and social system, but she stated the memorial still holds a special significance.

"It's lovely to all get together, this service means a lot and it just brings back memories, we can appreciate the day and appreciate what our men have done for our country," said Ms Burkill.

She was thankful towards sub-branch president Greg Cole and other organisers for putting on the annual event and praised their compassion.

"We do appreciate what the RSL sub-branch have done for us, they are very caring and very good to us," she said.

The men who lost their lives would rest peacefully knowing their memory lives on and the town, let alone their wives, have not forgotten about them.

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