Remembrance Day hits home for veterans

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN: James Jones sells Remembrance Day merchandise at Meadow Mews on Thursday ahead of Saturday.
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN: James Jones sells Remembrance Day merchandise at Meadow Mews on Thursday ahead of Saturday.

Remembrance Day is often a time for families to come together, and that was the case at Meadow Mews on Thursday, with Vietnam veteran James Jones teaming up with his son to sell Remembrance Day merchandise.

It’s not the first time the duo have paired up to promote the day, and Jones Snr said it was always good to see more members of the younger generation getting involved in the cause.

“We find that a lot of younger people are becoming more aware when it comes to Remembrance Day,” he said.

“On our Vietnam Vets Day, we had a choir from Riverside High School come and sing, before joining us for afternoon tea.

“Even on Anzac Day, you always get a good crowd of youngsters and families, which is great.”

After joining the army as a 21-year-old, Mr Jones spent seven months in Vietnam during 1971. 

He returned to Australia, but found he couldn’t settle down and eventually re-enlisted, before going on to spend another two decades in the armed services.

Since retiring in 1993, he has thrown his support into various veteran organisations, including the Launceston Vietnam Veterans Association. 

He said the support network always extended beyond Launceston.

“When you’re on the committees, you have a lot of contact with not only branches in the surrounding areas, but also the mainland,” he said.

“From when I retired, it gave me something to do, which was what I needed.” 

Remembrance Day will be held on Saturday, November 11.

A variety of merchandise is available at designated stalls around the region.

Northern Tasmania Remembrance Day services

  • Scottsdale: 11am service at the Scottsdale Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Christopher St.
  • Longford:  10.45am service at the Village Green, Longford
  • Launceston: 10.40am service at Launceston Cenotaph, Paterson St.
  • George Town: 11am service at the George Town Cenotaph, Max Harris Reserve, Anzac Parade.
  • Exeter: 10.40am service at the Exeter RSL, Murray St.
  • Deloraine: 11am service at the Deloraine Cenotaph.
  • Beaconsfield: 10.40am service at the Beaconsfield Cenotaph, RSL Park.