PINNING NEW HOPES: Mary Scott gives her WWII veteran husband Jack support after being persuaded by friends to attend his first
PINNING NEW HOPES: Mary Scott gives her WWII veteran husband Jack support after being persuaded by friends to attend his first

War veteran remembers fallen comrades

By RACHEL AFFLICK

WORLD War II veteran Jack Scott yesterday removed his combat medals from their case for the first time in years.

The 87-year-old Lismore Heights Digger had never been to a Remembrance Day ceremony.

But with a bit of encouragement from friends, he yesterday joined about 100 other people at the Lismore Cenotaph to remember the sacrifice of those who fought for peace.

Mary, his wife of 59 years, polished his medals especially for the occasion.

"It brings back memories," said Jack, who had served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Scottish Infantry Unit.

"I am very glad to be here."

Mary, who also attended yesterday, described it as a 'beautiful' service.

Between 1939 and 1946, Jack served in North Africa, Italy and France, and was one of the last men to come out of Dunkirk.

Like tears from the sky, rain fell over yesterday's service in Lismore, marking 89 years since the guns of the Western Front fell silent and World War I ended.

Every year on November 11 at 11am, Australians pause to remember the men and women who died fighting for peace.

During World War I more than 330,000 Australians saw overseas service and more than 61,000 failed to return home.



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