Roe­bourne holds a trib­ute to the fallen

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

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.”

Pic­tures: Bran­wen Smith

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Amer­i­can Air Force, the Pil­bara Reg­i­ment and the RAAF lay wreaths on be­half of the three de­fence forces based in Ex­mouth.

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