War veter­ans pay tribute

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Res­i­dents across Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana will stop and pay tribute to those who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, with Novem­ber 11 Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions set to take place across the com­mu­nity.

A num­ber of events are set to take place in Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana, with Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices be­ing held at the Rock­ing­ham Ceno­taph at Flin­ders Memo­rial Park, Veter­ans Memo­rial Park in Port Kennedy and the City of Kwinana War Memo­rial on Pace Road in Me­d­ina.

In the lead-up to Re­mem­brance Day, 95-year-old World War II air force veter­ans Ted and Phyl Prop­er­john told the

Tele­graph just how sig­nif­i­cant the day was to them.

“It makes you think of all the lads that were there with you,” Mr Prop­er­john said.

“In my par­tic­u­lar in­stance there were 114 of us who joined up on the same day and now there are only three of us left.

“Nearly all of them were from WA — we lost one a few weeks ago and he was nearly 98.”

For Mrs Prop­er­john, the fact young­sters such as Comet Bay Col­lege’s Shan­nan Mar­shall and Ty­ron Powles were con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of re­mem­ber­ing those who came be­fore them was fan­tas­tic.

“I think it’s won­der­ful that the schools are get­ting in­volved now,” Mrs Prop­er­john said.

“Peo­ple from our RSL go over to schools to talk to the kids. When we were kids we didn’t know any­thing about it.

“The boys came from back from WWII and they didn’t want to talk about it but now it’s all com­ing out, so it’s good.” Aus­tralian Army Ma­jor Lyn­don Jack­son, who will be the mas­ter of cer­e­monies at the ser­vice in Rock­ing­ham, said it was vi­tal that the youth of to­day con­tin­ued to carry the torch. “We’ve lost quite a few peo­ple in my 31-year ca­reer in the mil­i­tary — through ac­ci­dents and peace­keep­ing roles,” he said.

“It forces us to stop for a minute and close our eyes and think about those peo­ple and the good jobs they were do­ing.

“Not only that, but we tie it back to where we came from 100 years ago and re­mem­ber those peo­ple who gave their lives for ev­ery­thing.”

The ser­vice in Rock­ing­ham will start at 10.30am while the one at Veter­ans Memo­rial Park will start at 10.45am.

Those at­tend­ing the ser­vice in Port Kennedy are also in­vited to a bar­be­cue lunch at the To­tally and Par­tially Dis­abled Veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion of WA in Bal­divis on Old Man­durah Road fol­low­ing the ser­vice..

In Kwinana, com­mem­o­ra­tions will be­gin at 10.40am with Kwinana MLA Roger Cook set to of­fi­cially open the RSL’s re­de­vel­oped sub-branch af­ter­wards.

Picture: Richard Polden

Waikiki WWII air force veter­ans Ted and Phyl Prop­er­john said it is fan­tas­tic to see to­day’s youth con­tinue to pay their re­spects on Re­mem­brance Day.

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