We will re­mem­ber them

Hon­our­ing the fallen with ser­vice

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kather­ine Mor­ris kather­ine. mor­ris@ south­bur­nett­times. com. au

THE South Bur­nett has re­mem­bered the fallen with Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices on Sat­ur­day.

Re­mem­brance Day was orig­i­nally called Ar­mistice Day and com­mem­o­rated the end of the hos­til­i­ties of World War I, the sign­ing of the ar­mistice which oc­curred on Novem­ber 11, 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

On the first an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice in 1919 one minute’s si­lence was in­cluded as part of the cer­e­mony.

Af­ter the end of World War II in 1945 the Aus­tralian and Bri­tish gov­ern­ments changed the name to Re­mem­brance Day as an ap­pro­pri­ate ti­tle for a day which would com­mem­o­rate all war dead.

Next year will mark 100 years since the ar­mistice was signed.

The Flan­ders Field red pop­pies sym­bol­ise Re­mem­brance Day be­cause red pop­pies were among the first plants to spring up in the bat­tle­fields of North­ern France and Bel­gium.

Sev­eral men and women from the South Bur­nett served in World War I or en­listed in the South Bur­nett to serve in the war and many did not re­turn.

This in­cludes Ed­ward Lawler, who was killed in ac­tion in Bel­gium in 1917 and is buried there, and Frank Fisher from Cher­bourg who served in the 11th Lighthorse reg­i­ment and re­turned in 1919.

He is Cathy Free­man’s great- grand­fa­ther.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE MOR­RIS

RE­SPECT: Re­mem­brance Day in Kin­garoy on Sat­ur­day.

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