Roebourne holds a tribute to the fallen
Roebourne is the only town in the City of Karratha old enough to have experienced World War I, so it seemed appropriate that on November 11 it commemorated Australia’s fallen in its own small but significant Remembrance Day service.
More than 30 people gathered at Roebourne’s new war memorial on the main street to pay their respects.
Roebourne police Constable Tyler Winter gave a moving speech, the Last Post was played and the crowd observed a minute’s silence before placing red poppies on the memorial.
Local resident and Vietnam veteran Brian Minett was the main organiser of the informal gathering, having called on Facebook for interested locals to attend.
The prison guard who has served in both the army and navy and “been in uniform since (he) was 15” said Roebourne had not held a Remembrance Day service in the eight years he had lived in the area and he wanted that to change.
“We should have something in Roebourne all the time,” Mr Minett said. “The best Anzac service is in Roebour ne and Remembrance Day has got just as much significance.”
He thanked local police for helping to organise the event.
Sergeant Jerry Samoa said the service had gone well and though it was unofficial, it was important for Roebourne to acknowledge Remembrance Day.
“It’s obviously an impromptu service,” he said. “We have people who are currently serving in the Army Reserve and a veteran keen to do a service. We thought there was a need for community acknowledgement.”
Representatives of the American Air Force, the Pilbara Regiment and the RAAF lay wreaths on behalf of the three defence forces based in Exmouth.