Remembrance Day - a touching tribute
The Rutherglen community stood united in silence at Memorial Park, Rutherglen to take part in the traditional Remembrance Day service on Friday, November 11.
They paused at 11am in honour of that same time on November 11, 1918 when the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.
The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.
In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement.
They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years.
This year, November 11 marked the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).
Rutherglen’s Declan Glover, the youngest world peace ambassador in Australia, placed a lamp on the cenotaph to open the ceremony.
Jill Eldridge, grand-daughter of Duncan Baker a WW1 Veteran from Rutherglen, was this year’s guest speaker at the Rutherglen Remembrance Day service and delivered a powerful recount of what the war meant to her grandfather and their family.
Students, community organisations and other guests then proceeded to lay wreaths at the cenotaph in honour of the fallen soldiers.
Tributes followed at Carlyle Cemetery when the RSL conducted a burial service for Pte Gustavus Lundgren, a WW1 Rutherglen soldier who died in 1946 and has lain in an unmarked grave in Carlyle Cemetery for 70 years.
Pte Lundgren’s death was attributed to war induced PTSD which led to alcoholism and malnutrition.
Gustavus was known to be a social character at 21-years-old prior to enlisting.
Pt Lundgren was severely wounded in action in 1917 and was granted a pension the day after his discharge from the AIF.
Pte Lundren’s burial service is the first of many that the RSL of Rutherglen hope to conduct at Carlyle Cemetery for other local soldiers.
Jill Eldridge, grand-daughter of Duncan Baker a WW1 Veteran from Rutherglen, was this year’s guest speaker at the Rutherglen Remembrance Day service. Photo by Simon Ginns.
Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor places a red poppy on the grave of Pte Gustavus Lundgren. Photo by Simon Ginns.