Lest We Forget, Poppies Day
Remembering the fallen on poppies day
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them." - Robert Laurence Binyon.
Leading Childers into a minute’s silence, Buffalo Lodge president John Buckingham said we all must stop and remember that 102,000 soldiers have died serving our country.
“Remembrance Day is a sign of respect for the fallen and honouring those that returned,” Mr Buckingham said.
Local primary and secondary school students showed their respect by laying a writhe of poppies at the wheel of the canon in front of returned soldiers, current and ex service men and women and local councillors.
Mr Buckingham said this marks the 98th anniversary of the signing of the treaty.
“Our soldiers are being remembered in France, were so many lost their lives,” he said.
Proud of his community, Mr Buckingham introduced Cr Bill Trevor where he addressed the strength of the young men and women that served our great nation.
“As we come together on this day to remember our soldiers they are being remembered in towns all over France like Vignacourt,” Cr Trevor said.
Mayor of Vignacourt Stephane Ducrotoy made a special visit to Childers last week and spoke of the sacrifice of the local Diggers 100 years ago.
The mayor presented the region with special commemorative items made by local artisan Jean Luc Godard from Vignacourt.
Armistice day, the agreement symbolises a promise made 100 years ago by the Vignacourt Mayor of the time to never forget.
Mayor Ducrotoy is fulfilling that promise through this historic agreement and meeting our region’s Mayor Dempsey.
Programs are already in place between the regions to signify the strong relationships established during the war years between the people of Vignacourt and young Australian soldiers such as Thomas and William See.
You can visit the display at the Childers library, home of Lost Diggers William and Thomas See is open to the public a commemorative exhibition ‘Vignacourt Remembered’.
Found in France, decades after the war, 4000 glass photographic plates of Soldiers during the Great War were found.
With a massive 800 photographs of Australian and Childers' soldiers with Childers own See brothers William and Thomas on two of them.
The See brothers returned to Childers after the war into the arms of family, where as 90 of their mates never returned.
At the going down of the sun, Lest We Forget.
TIME TO REMEMBER: John Buckingham and Tracy Hoffman.