permanent-tribute-to-sgt-brett-woodMcMillan MP Russell Broadbent reads a speech from Prime Minister Tony Abbott honouring Sergeant Brett Wood at the Loch Remembrance Day Service. C094614.

A PLAQUE in memory of fallen Australian soldier and former Woodleigh man Sergeant Brett Wood was unveiled during a special Remembrance Day Service at the Loch Memorial Reserve last Tuesday morning.
The plaque, which lies at the foot of a large oak tree, joins 12 others, all in honour of those local men who made the ultimate sacrifice, never returning home.
Last Tuesday, a large crowd gathered at the reserve for the service and unveiling of the plaque including Sgt Wood’s mother Alison and sister Meryl.
Sgt Wood was killed on May 23, 2011 while serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan. He was just 32 years-old.
Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent attended the service, reading a message from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and presented the family with an Australian flag.
“On this day, we remember Sergeant Brett Mathew Wood MG DSM,” the Prime Minister’s message read.
“He made the greatest possible sacrifice in the service of his country.
“Brett was a man of rare courage and commitment, demonstrated throughout his distinguished 15 year military career.
“The Medal for Gallantry and the Distinguished Service Medal are honours seldom bestowed and reflect the exemplary nature of his service.
“I pay my respects to Brett’s family, who have paid a heavier price than many will ever know.”
The crowd heard the Loch Memorial Reserve was a place where growing up, Sgt Wood had played football and cricket.
It will now become a place where family and friends can visit and honour his memory.
The service also included a speech from Vietnam Veteran and local Russell Motton who spoke about his experiences at war.