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Mayor Jenny Whitney will be one of many gathering at the Cannonvale Memorial Walkway on Sunday for the official unveiling of a memorial stone and naval anchor for theHMAS Sydney naval officers lost during a training cruise in the Whitsundays in 1963.
Mayor Whitney said it will be an honour to speak on behalf of Council to remember not only thefive young men lost here in 1963, but all members of the defence force who have paid the price in active training.
“Council was pleased to provide funding of $5,000 to assist Operation Pilgrimage Group to planand erect a suitable monument in memory of the officers aboard the training whaler from HMASSydney,” Mayor Whitney said.
“What happened to these five young men was tragic and I extend my sympathy to their familieswho are attending the memorial here in the Whitsundays,” she said.
“Ex-servicemen from Operation Pilgrimage Group are suitably honouring the naval officers by retracing their journey around the Whitsunday Islands followed by the unveiling of the memorial; Icommend them for their dedication to this project,
“I encourage members of our community to attend and pay homage to our fallen service men and women and the ‘Missing Midshipmen of 63’.”
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