Cel­e­brate Re­mem­brance Day

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

This year’s Re­mem­brance Day marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in Aus­tralia’s mil­i­tary his­tory — it’s been 100 years since the guns fell silent on the West­ern Front to end the Great War.

Af­ter more than four years of bru­tal fight­ing, the Ar­mistice that ended the fight­ing dur­ing the First World War was signed with Ger­many.

From a pop­u­la­tion of around 4.5 mil­lion, some 416 000 en­listed for ser­vice in the Great War, and more than 112 000 of them were Vic­to­ri­ans.

Nearly 60 000 of those Aus­tralian troops sadly never made it home, while an­other 150 000 were wounded.

In the years that fol­lowed the war, Novem­ber 11 was known as Ar­mistice Day and two min­utes of solemn si­lence was ob­served at 11 am.

To­day, Novem­ber 11 is known as Re­mem­brance Day, and it stands as the day we re­mem­ber the men and women who have suf­fered and died in wars, con­flicts and peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions dur­ing a cen­tury of ser­vice.

Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices

Sey­mour RSL will host a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony on Sun­day, com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice that ended the fight­ing in the First World War.

The ser­vice will be held at the Sey­mour Dis­trict Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal gates at 11 am (ar­rive by 10.45 am).

Sey­mour RSL will hold a march from the RSL in Craw­ford St to the hos­pi­tal, and in­vites any­one who would like to par­tic­i­pate to join them.

Those in the march are asked to meet at the RSL by 10.30 am.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, a light morn­ing tea will be held at the RSL.

On Novem­ber 11, 1918 at 11 am, the most de­struc­tive war the mod­ern world had seen was all but over and Aus­tralia, along with coun­tries around the world, cel­e­brated.

On Sun­day, res­i­dents are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice and ob­serve a minute’s si­lence to re­mem­ber those who suf­fered and died in wars, con­flicts and peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions. ALHMP open day

The Aus­tralian Light Horse Memo­rial Park is hold­ing an open day on Sun­day to help com­mem­o­rate the end of World War I.

The open day starts at 12.30 pm with a sausage siz­zle.

The day will al­low vis­i­tors to hear about and ex­plore the area where tens of thou­sands of troops were trained prior to em­barka­tion over­seas. Wear a poppy

Vol­un­teers around town are sell­ing the much-loved, iconic red poppy with 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds to sup­port cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice men and women in need.

You can pur­chase a poppy from vol­un­teers in Sta­tion St, or from Wool­worths.

Pop­pies were among the first plants to bloom in the dev­as­tated bat­tle­fields of France and Bel­gium, and since 1921 they have been used in re­mem­brance of those who fell dur­ing times of war.

By sup­port­ing the Poppy Ap­peal, res­i­dents are ac­knowl­edg­ing the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of the men and women of the Aus­tralia De­fence Force, while also rais­ing funds to as­sist past and present ser­vice men and women and their fam­i­lies.

Hon­our­ing the fallen: Sey­mour RSL will host a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at 11 am on Sun­day at the Sey­mour Dis­trict Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal gates.

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