Cenotaph party stand guard at the Lismore and District Memorial for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Lismore RSL Sub Branch. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star
Cenotaph party stand guard at the Lismore and District Memorial for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Lismore RSL Sub Branch. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star Jay Cronan

UN service at Lismore Cenotaph to honour work for peace

SOLDIERS and civilians who have served with the United Nations are invited to take part in a special service at the Lismore Cenotaph at 11am today.

Lismore RSL sub-branch member and veteran of two tours with the UN, Andrew Johnston, said this morning's service marks United Nations Day and the 65th anniversary of Australia's involvement with the organisation and would commemorate the sacrifices made by those who had lost their lives in its service.

The service would be a simple affair, with participants able to lay wreaths and Mr Johnston delivering an address.

Mr Johnston, who served 18 years in the Australian military, said he was twice deployed with the United Nations - in East Timor and as an observer in the Middle East where he worked across northern Israel, Lebanon, and Syria.

"I think people recognise Australia's involvement (with the UN), but it's a bit misunderstood," he said.

"When we support the UN it's usually as a few individuals rather than full military bodies, as we have in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Now that we're involved in the Security Council, awareness might improve."

Mr Johnston said the United Nations and Australia's involvement in it remained vital.

"We have been involved with the UN since 1947 and the fact we're on the Security Council supports what we're doing in trying to achieve peace," he said.



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