WE WILL RE­MEM­BER

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Nar­ro­gin RSL pres­i­dent Ries Chat­til­lon is im­plor­ing the com­mu­nity to em­brace the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice of WWI this Sun­day at Me­mo­rial Park.

Nar­ro­gin RSL pres­i­dent Ries Chat­til­lon is im­plor­ing the Nar­ro­gin com­mu­nity to em­brace the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice of World War I this Sun­day at Me­mo­rial Park.

Mr Chat­til­lon, a Viet­nam vet­eran who spent 20 years in the armed forces, says the day will be an op­por­tu­nity to pay re­spects to the Aus­tralians who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and who have served in any con­flict zone.

“Trust it will be a good turnout, it’s im­por­tant to the ser­vice­men that we re­mem­ber those that per­ished in the Great War, or in any con­flict, be it fe­male or male,” he said.

“We ask the pub­lic to sup­port the poppy dis­tri­bu­tion and wear a poppy proudly.

Mr Chat­til­lon asked the com­mu­nity to gather at Me­mo­rial Park at 10.30am for the ser­vice.

“This is some­thing that should carry on, it’s part of the na­tion, it forged the na­tion,” Mr Chat­til­lon said.

Nar­ro­gin RSL sub branch is the sec­ond-old­est in WA af­ter Northam, cel­e­brat­ing it’s 100th year last year, and Mr Chat­til­lon said that Nar­ro­gin had a strong role in Aus­tralia’s WWI ef­fort.

“Nar­ro­gin was classed as hav­ing the great­est en­list­ment per pop­u­la­tion, Nar­ro­gin it­self had 380 ser­vice­men,” he said.

“Some of them were en­gine driv­ers com­ing through, jumped off the train and en­listed.

“Of those 380 that served from Nar­ro­gin, and im­me­di­ate area of Nar­ro­gin, there were 117 that per­ished.

“These are the men that still have rel­a­tives in this town, and have con­nec­tions to the town to­day.”

It’s im­por­tant to the ser­vice­men that we re­mem­ber those that per­ished in the Great War, or in any con­flict. Ries Chat­til­lon

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Ries Chat­til­lon urges the com­mu­nity to pay their re­spects on Re­mem­brance Day.

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