Lest We For­get, Pop­pies Day

Re­mem­ber­ing the fallen on pop­pies day

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

"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.

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