Time for re­flec­tion a cen­tury on

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY COLIN MACGILLIVRAY

Acen­tury af­ter the guns fell silent across Europe to mark the end of the First World War, the Wim­mera will pause to re­flect and share a mo­ment of si­lence.

Sun­day’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices take on ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance this year, tak­ing place ex­actly 100 years af­ter the Ar­mistice was signed.

Many RSL sub-branches across the Wim­mera will host cer­e­monies to com­mem­o­rate the an­niver­sary.

Hor­sham will host a ser­vice at the Sawyer Park ceno­taph at 10.45am, and a spe­cial one-off evening ser­vice at Anzac Cen­te­nary Bridge on Barnes Boule­vard at 7.45pm.

A se­ries of dis­plays, pre­sen­ta­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions has al­ready opened across the city. A free dis­play en­ti­tled ‘Fate of the Im­pe­ri­als: The 1914 War­rackn­abeal Premier­ship Team at War’ opened at Hor­sham li­brary last week and will re­main un­til Mon­day.

It de­tails the his­tory of the un­de­feated 1914 War­rackn­abeal foot­ball team.

Nearly all mem­bers of the team en­listed to fight in the First World War. Many never re­turned.

A light­ing dis­play will be pro­jected onto Hor­sham Post Of­fice af­ter sun­set each day un­til Sun­day.

The dis­play fea­tures First World War im­ages and is a trib­ute to the 463 men from Hor­sham dis­trict who lost their lives in the con­flict.

Pop­pies and ban­ners will also be dis­played along Fire­brace Street.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City mayor Pam Clarke opened a ‘Cen­tury of Ser­vice’ ex­hi­bi­tion at Hor­sham RSL on Sun­day.

Hor­sham RSL pres­i­dent Robert Lock­wood said the ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by RSL com­mit­tee mem­ber Jim Amos, fea­tured a huge col­lec­tion of arte­facts.

“It is prob­a­bly the big­gest dis­play of First World War mem­o­ra­bilia out­side of a cap­i­tal city,” he said.

“Jim Amos is the real hero, be­cause he worked ex­tremely hard to put it all to­gether.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is free and open to the pub­lic un­til 4pm on Fri­day.

Mr Lock­wood said it was vi­tal peo­ple re­flected on the bru­tal­ity of war with­out fet­ing it.

“We don’t want to cel­e­brate what hap­pened, but be very mind­ful of it,” he said.

“It has been 100 years since Ar­mistice and we want peo­ple to con­tinue to re­mem­ber what it means.”

Mr Lock­wood said far from fad­ing into ob­scu­rity af­ter a cen­tury, Re­mem­brance Day was in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.

“Re­mem­brance Day is grow­ing again,” he said.

“We’re get­ting school chil­dren in­volved and there are more peo­ple turn­ing up to ser­vices than there were six years ago.

“We had about 3000 peo­ple at­tend the Anzac Day cen­te­nary dawn ser­vice, so it’s def­i­nitely not dy­ing off.”

In an­other spe­cial event, bag­pipe bands across the world will play ‘The Bat­tle’s O’er’ at the ex­act mo­ment the Ar­mistice was signed.

Pipers in Hor­sham and Ararat will join the cer­e­mony at 5pm. Year seven stu­dents at Ararat’s Mar­ian Col­lege have planted more than 1000 ceramic pop­pies out­side Ararat RSL as part of an Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary project.

The pop­pies will re­main un­til Novem­ber 18, when mem­bers of the pub­lic can pur­chase them for $5 each, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Legacy foun­da­tion.

Nhill will mark the day with the ded­i­ca­tion of a new war memo­rial com­mem­o­rat­ing sol­diers from the area who died in con­flicts in Korea, Viet­nam, East Ti­mor, Afghanistan, Iraq and other ar­eas.

The memo­rial ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice will be at 10am fol­lowed by a morn­ing tea, with the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice start­ing at 11am.

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