Spirit of Lone Pine lives on

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Re­mem­brance Day cel­e­bra­tions to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the World War I Ar­mistice take place this week­end, with a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion planned at the Au­gusta Light­house tonight.

This year’s his­toric an­niver­sary will see res­i­dents and the re­gion’s re­turned ser­vice­men and women mark Novem­ber 11 with spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion.

The event co­in­cides with a lo­cal project, also this Sun­day, to plant a tree which is a de­scen­dant of the orig­i­nal Lone Pine tree which gave the in­fa­mous bat­tle at Gal­lipoli its name­sake.

Mar­garet River Re­turned and Ser­vices League pres­i­dent Keith Sim­monds said the cen­te­nary of the ar­mistice would be a time to re­flect on the hor­rors of war, and to make sure to­day’s younger gen­er­a­tions un­der­stood the atro­cious loss of life and the lessons de­rived since the days of those ter­ri­ble con­flicts.

“It’s the an­niver­sary of what was a hor­ri­ble con­flict with a hor­ren­dous loss of lives,” he told the Times.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are also in­vited to the tree-plant­ing cere- mony at Cowaramup’s Pi­o­neer Park on Sun­day.

The RSL is also in­volved in the plan — brought to the group by Taun­ton Farm Hol­i­day Park own­ers Rob and Julie Saun­ders, who own a plant grown from a seed de­scended from the fa­mous Lone Pine from the site of a bat­tle in Au­gust, 1915 in which more than 2200 An­zac lives were lost hold­ing the po­si­tion.

Mr Saun­ders said he got the pine seedling from the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial in Can­berra af­ter a pre­vi­ous tour of Gal­lipoli and its bat­tle­fields three years ago.

“It comes from a seed that a guy ripped off the pine cone (of the tree) at Gal­lipoli,” he said.

“This tree has sur­vived from that.”

Sup­ported by the RSL, Mr Saun­ders will plant the pine tree at Pi­o­neer Park at 1pm on Sun­day and all res­i­dents are wel­come to at­tend.

A sim­i­lar tree grows in Au­gusta, and one planted in Mel­bourne re­cently died.

For lo­cal ser­vice times, see to­day’s wrap­around fea­ture com­mem­o­rat­ing the Ar­mistice.

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

Re­turned and Ser­vices League pres­i­dent Keith Sim­monds will lead an­nual Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies in Mar­garet River on Sun­day.

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