IT SEEMED only fitting that one of Pine Mountain's oldest war veterans should be among the first to lay a wreath at the town's new war memorial.

The monument that pays tribute to those from Pine Mountain who fought and died in the First World War, was unveiled at a special ceremony on the weekend.

Wearing his medals for the special occasion, Second World War veteran Eddie Owen was invited to be one of the first to lay a wreath in honour of fallen comrades.

He was accompanied by Bronwyn Venzke of the Pine Mountain Progress Association for the symbolic wreath-laying gesture.

Mr Owen served in the air force as part of the 36th squadron, which still operates at Amberley today.

The 93-year-old from Muirlea said it was a proud moment for him and that he was pleased to see the memorial finally unveiled.

The Pine Mountain and Districts Historical Society secretary Elaine Peet, said the 13 men inscribed on the memorial grew up in the area.

She said the society's historians had spent months researching service records and old newspapers to find out the Pine Mountain soldiers who served in the war.

The honour stone was made possible thanks to a $10,000 contribution from the State Government, with $20,000 in additional funds from the Ipswich City Council.

The memorial unveiling ceremony was attended by about 150 people, including representatives from the State and Federal governments, the council and the RAAF base Amberley.

The memorial is at the corner of Russells and Pine Mountain Rd.



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