Ar­mistice ser­vice to hon­our sac­ri­fices

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

New­man is pre­par­ing to hon­our the 100th an­niver­sary of the World War I ar­mistice with a com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice this week­end.

Com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents will gather for this year’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the RSL Memo­rial on New­man Drive, 10.45am to 11.15am this Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

RSL pres­i­dent Ian Thomp­son said the day would be spent re­mem­ber­ing ser­vice­men and women who fought across all past con­flicts. “Re­mem­ber­ing the sac­ri­fice of ev­ery­body, not nec­es­sar­ily of that cam­paign, it in­volves com­mem­o­rat­ing sac­ri­fices since and in the fu­ture,” he said.

“It’s not so much the sig­nif­i­cance of the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice, it’s more a case of re­mem­ber­ing as we do with Anzac Day and Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Day. Any­one who wants to come along can come along; there is al­ways a wreath lay­ing for any­one that wants to lay a wreath.

“We’re just go­ing to be hold­ing our nor­mal memo­rial ser­vice on Sun­day.”

New­man icon Paul Foster said the date was in­cred­i­bly sig­nif­i­cant.

“I think we recog­nise our ser­vice men and women a greater amount now, peo­ple are grate­ful for the ser­vice, and the men­tal side of it — I be­lieve that the coun­try is get­ting be­hind our ser­vice bet­ter,” he said.

“Ser­vice peo­ple are re­ally grate­ful for that recog­ni­tion. . . we are not glo­ri­fy­ing war, it’s not about that, so I see 100 years as very sig­nif­i­cant.”

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