Novem­ber 11 a time to pay our re­spects

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

Peo­ple in the South West should make an ef­fort to take part in the once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of Armistice.

The Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice, held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, will be an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to pay its re­spects to those who served in World War I.

The fact Bun­bury has been cho­sen as one of seven sites in the State to fea­ture the light pre­sen­ta­tion of the 59,000 red pop­pies, rep­re­sent­ing those who died in World War I, shows the im­por­tance of re­mem­ber­ing the fallen and those who re­turned.

Bun­bury Re­turned and Ser­vices League sub­branch pres­i­dent John Gelmi said he had seen an in­crease in peo­ple at ser­vices each year since he started in his role.

Whole fam­i­lies are com­ing to the ser­vices to hon­our the sac­ri­fice made by those who laid down their lives to serve their coun­try.

It is im­por­tant that the story of those sac­ri­fices is passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion so the mem­ory of those brave men and women re­mains.

Re­mem­brance Day is not just for those who served in WWI but an op­por­tu­nity to thank all our ser­vice men and women who have served in all wars since.

It is a time to re­flect on the heroic part our na­tion has played in mak­ing the world what it is to­day.

Lest we for­get.

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