With Remembrance Day this Sunday commemorating 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, the Nairne RSL will unveil a new mural.
When the Allies and Germany signed the armistice at Compiègne, France at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, a tradition of remembrance was instigated that remains relevant to this day. In 2018, for the 100th time here and in Europe, people will stop what they are doing, fall silent and reflect together on the tragedy and loss of war at the exact time the armistice was signed in 1918.
President of the Nairne Sub Branch of the RSL, Tony Semler, said; “Nairne was an important local staging point for recruitment and training for WW1 and the RSL is keen to recreate some of the history, character and feeling of the time. By giving people knowledge and experiences, we keep the memories of the fallen alive and bring people into a deeper reflection of the time”.
Mt Barker Mayor Anne Ferguson and Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie will officiate the ceremony at 6pm tomorrow night (Sat Nov 10), revealing the 5 metal panels depicting servicemen, flagged either side by a single poppy.
Sunday starts with the music of World War One at the Cenotaph from 10am. Members of the Light Horse Group will march to the Cenotaph / Memorial and at 10.30am there is a special remembrance recognition to the service of all animals in war. This will lead into the formal Remembrance Day service at 10.45am and the pause for silent reflection at 11am.
Image: Craig Pitman