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Remembrance Day legacy lives on

Friday, 11th November, 2011

REMEMBRANCE: Susanne Wakeman and Janine O’Grady have taken up the job of selling poppies in honour of their father Jack Wakeman who passed away  last month. REMEMBRANCE: Susanne Wakeman and Janine O’Grady have taken up the job of selling poppies in honour of their father Jack Wakeman who passed away last month.

 By Erica Visser

Jack Wakeman sold Remembrance Day poppies for more than 50 years but after he died last month his daughters Susanne Wakeman and Janine O’Grady decided to come back home and continue the tradition. 

The sisters, who now live in Perth, were on the streets last week selling the the poppies for Remembrabce Day.

The history of the poppies lies in northern France and Belgium where they grew wild on the battlefields and the graves of soldiers who were buried there. 

Now red silk poppies are sold for Remembrance Day which recognises those who  lost their lives for their country through a minute’s silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.

Ms Wakeman said that she and her sister chose to come back to Broken Hill to continue on the job because they believed in the same cause as their father.

“We thought it was an honour to sell poppies on Poppy Day,” Ms Wakeman said.

“It’s to recognise the people who gave their lives so everyone can live in peace and freedom.

“Certainly we plan to do it next year as well.”

The sister’s parents were both part of the Service in their earlier years.

“Both were active in the service. Mum was in the woman’s airforce. Dad had mates over there who lost their lives so he did it to honour them,” Ms Wakeman said.

Treasurer of the local Returned Services League, Pat Bacich, said that Remembrance day never lost its relevance.

“It’s to show the appreciation for families left behind every year. They really feel it so it’s to show thanks to them and their families,” Mrs Bacich said. 

“With the terrorism and our boys over there it’s a different sort of fighting but it’s still going on.

“The least we should do is stand still for a minute.”

The Remembrance Day ceremony will be held this morning at 10.50 at the war memorial in Argent Street. 

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