Spring Bluff will commemorate the 76th anniversary of the departure of Cabarlah Barracks troops this St Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17 March.
The service remembers the 1000 strong 25th Battalion who boarded trains at Spring Bluff railway station for the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds, Townsville and eventually Milne Bay.
The battalion fought in the battle of Milne Bay in 1942 and later the battle of Bougainville in 1945.
Cr Joe Ramia, chair of Spring Bluff Trust Management Committee, said the event holds special significance to the Toowoomba Region.
“We’re a region of rich traditions and our region proudly commemorates our veterans,” Cr Ramia said.
“Our nation would not be the free society it is today without the sacrifice of those who fought for this country.
“The 25th Battalion marched from the Cabarlah barracks and this ceremony holds particular significance to the Toowoomba area.
“More than 200 soldiers did not return from battles with Japanese forces at Milne Bay in 1942 and Bougainville in 1945.
“These troops are local heroes,” Cr Ramia said.
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