Remembering victims of war in the Pacific
By NERIDA BLOK
WORLD WAR II robbed Bob Mowle of his relationship with his father.
"I didn't have much to do with him," he said.
"I was three years old when he went off to war and nine years when he returned.
"When he did come back he was fairly scarred with malaria, dengue fever and chronic dermatitis. He never talked."
But that didn't stop the now president of the City of Lismore RSL Sub-branch from following in his father's footsteps.
"Silly old me, I joined up too and spent 26 years in the Royal Australian Air Force," he said.
Yesterday Mr Mowle paid tribute to the men and women who achieved victory in the Pacific on August 15, 1945, at a commemorative service held at the Lismore Memorial Baths.
More than 300 people joined in the 60-year VP Day anniversary celebrations to mark Japan's surrender in World War II.
Attendees at the ceremony included Member for Page Ian Causley, Member for Lismore Thomas George, Lismore mayor Merv King and Lt-Col Jensen, CO 41st Battalion.
Mr Mowle said it was important to remember those who died during the conflict, but he said it was also our duty to honour the veterans who came home 'and just got on with their lives'.
"They participated in politics, commerce, trades, agriculture and sport, and played a very large part in creating the lifestyle which we take for granted today," he said.
Mr Mowle said the Lismore RSL Sub-branch had 400 members of which more than 50 per cent were World War II veterans.
He said 24 of those living veterans, widows or widowers were issued with a medallion on behalf of the Federal Government at the post-service luncheon held at the Lismore Worker's Club.