GALLERY: Why Wondai continues to mark Reserve Forces Day
CONTINUING her connection with the defence force after serving with the Royal Australian Navy for 16 years is important for Heather Selway.
That is why she took part in the annual Reserve Forces Day in Wondai on Saturday, and did so with pride.
"Once I finished my tenure in the navy, you automatically become a reservist and so it only seems fitting that I should march,” she said.
"It doesn't matter how old you are, you still have got that common link and it is something that is unique and connected.”
Wondai is the smallest town in Australia to mark Reserve Forces Day on the first Sunday of July, which this year commemorated the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, and it is the only place in Queensland that still holds a parade.
Heather's dad, Noel Selway, is the driving force behind organising the parade, not only for the people who served and take part, but to ensure the Wondai community understands its history.
"This commemoration lets the public know that we are still around and we haven't gone away, and without the reserves, nothing in the defence force ticks over,” Mr Selway said.
"Wondai has a long military history and we need to remind people of the district's long military history, and the way we do that is through parades like Anzac Day to remind people that we have a place in the community.”
Mr Selway started organising the parade in Wondai after being part of it when he lived in New South Wales, where he served in the army.
"We are just glad that people turn out and we will keep going for as long as we are around because the reserve itself has diminished in size,” he said.