Locals, personnel pause in remembrance
A small number of residents joined defence force personnel at the cenotaph in Exmouth to mark the 11th hour on Remembrance Day.
The flags of Australia, New Zealand and the US were flown and the national anthems of all three countries played as those assembled paused to remember those killed in war.
Shire of Exmouth executive manager community engagement Roge Kempe said there was a long-standing tradition in Exmouth to incorporate the New Zealand and US flags and anthems into the ceremony.
“This comes from the military and especially the American history of the area, which goes back as far as the Second World War when both American and Australian troops were part of Operation Potshot,” he said.
The Potshot Submarine Base in Exmouth Gulf was bombed by the Japanese during World War II. During the same period, RAAF Learmonth Air Base was built nearby and still operates today.
Exmouth owes its existence to the establishment of the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station by the American Navy in the 1960s.
The town was built to support the base and special effort was made to integrate the Americans with the Australian civilians who were among Exmouth’s earliest residents.
By the 1970s, the communication station was jointly run by the American Navy and the Australian Navy.
Nowadays, Australian Defence personnel from the Pilbara Regiment and the RAAF are based in Exmouth, while the American forces based in the town are Air Force personnel At the Learmonth Solar Observatory.
Veteran Tom Aitken at Remembrance Day service Exmouth. the