Moving event in honour of those who served

November 17, 2023 BY

From the heart: Jeffrey Arthur, Maree Hingston and Major Michael Carroll delivered an Evening Of Remembrance at Heathcote last weekend. Photo: SANDRA JAMES

MANY audience members were moved to tears at the Evening of Remembrance at the RSL Hall last Friday.

Jeffrey Arthur, Maree Hingston and Major Michael Carroll paid tribute to fallen and past service men and women through music, poetry and song to those who took part in all wars.

“It is a chance to reflect and remember,” said Major Carroll. “War should never happen.”

Money raised from the event was donated to Legacy.

“It was a truly moving occasion,” said attendee Mary Wallace. “Both the music and poetry were lovely.

“The second half consisted of Michael’s poem which in itself is a superb piece of work, but it was brought to life and made even more special by Maree and Michael reading it.

“There were a few tears in the audience.”

While expectations for the evening were varied, the final outcome was appreciated by audience members.

“I wasn’t sure what I expected the evening to be but it certainly was something special,” said Linda Cornelisson.

“Some familiar songs in Jeff’s own style, poems and writings about war and people’s experiences, and then the final piece.

“Maree and Michael gave a rendition of one of Michael’s poems that had many of us in tears. Well done all.”

Major Carroll, Ms Hingston and Mr Arthur want people to be reminded of the horrors of war in the hope that they can learn from history so it is not repeated.

It was an message not lost on one attendee.

“It was such a privilege to be in the audience,” said Sally Heley. “Very professional and amazing performances by Jeff, Maree and Michael.”