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World War II veteran Russell Price with his wife Councillor Sandy Freudenstein and veteran and former councillor John Drum of Bribbaree at the dawn service yesterday.By World War II navy veteran Russell Price’s (left) side at this year’s dawn service was his wife Councillor Sandy Freudenstein (centre), along with former councillor John Drum of Bribbaree.
Nanjing Night Net

Mr Drum served in Malaysia from June 1968 to September 1969.

Cr Freudenstein said she was also representing several members of their family on the day.

“My dad returned from WWII in the army, mum’s father – Ernest Hargraves – fought at Gallipoli/Egypt and mum’s brother, a couple of years older than mum, was killed on a stretcher in WWII,” she said.

“Five days before the war ended, he was running out with his mates having been shot in his leg and his mates said jump on the stretcher.

“The stretcher was shot up the side and Les Hargraves was killed.”

Cr Freudenstein also came across the meaning of the poppy on social media and she decided to share it:

“A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine – while doing so he told me that women should wear their poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.

“The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.

“He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them.”

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