Locals gather to honour fallen
Tuesday, 12th November, 2013
Local residents paused yesterday to take time to remember and commemorate those who fought and died in war.
Yesterday marked Remembrance Day; war veterans, dignitaries, army cadets and the general public descended on the Argent Street War Memorial for the service.
Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month - the moment when World War I troops lowered their weapons and ended the four-year-long campaign.
RSL president, Chris Bowden, said it is a day set aside each year to commemorate and remember.
“We pause to remember all those who fought and are not with us today,” he said.
Padre Ross Mawby said it had been 100 years since Australia had last enjoyed peace.
“I doubt anyone here today hasn’t lost a family member or friend due to war,” he said.
“But the soldiers who we have lost and those that have fought; fill us with a desire to better in our lives.”
After the service, Mr Bowden said the crowds weren’t as big as he would have liked.
“I think because it was a work and school day, it was quieter,” he said.
“If it were a weekend, we would have had a bigger crowd.
“I just hope that everyone at schools would have marked the minute silence.”
Mr Bowden said a large number of war veterans attended.
“We always have a good number of veterans,” he said.
“It was such a beautiful day, as well.”