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The Toyota Cowboys laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier as part of a visit to the Australian War Memorial today.

Coach Paul Green, round 11 captain Ashton Sims and vice-captain Michael Morgan took part in the special ceremony in the Hall of Memory, a quiet place for contemplation of the efforts of ordinary Australians in war and for the remembrance of those who suffered and died.

The Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier is in the centre of the Hall – he represents all Australians who have given their lives during war time.

The wreath included a message from the coach, on behalf of the Cowboys, that read: “In memory of those who have gone before us and sacrificed so that we can enjoy the life we do today. We will remember them”.

During their visit, the Cowboys met Lieutenant General Peter Leahy AC, a retired senior officer of the Australian Army whose military career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Army from 2002 until 2008.

After speaking to the squad on a range of topics, including the history of the War Memorial and the importance of valuing teamwork and mateship, Lieutenant General Leahy was presented with a signed 2014 Cowboys jersey to use for fundraising for the Soldier On initiative.

Soldier On looks to build on the support offered by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other government agencies by supporting all of Australia’s wounded, serving and ex-serving.

The Cowboys would like to thank Lieutenant General Leahy, Australian War Memorial staff and our friends at Lavarack Barracks for making Saturday morning’s visit possible.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.