COM­MU­NITY COMES OUT TO MARK OC­CA­SION

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Col­man

Bus­sel­ton RSL will sell red pop­pies at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in Bus­sel­ton to­day ahead of Re­mem­brance Day on Sun­day, rais­ing money for char­ity Le­gacy. The or­gan­i­sa­tion helps Aus­tralian fam­i­lies whose loved ones have faced in­jury or death while serv­ing in the de­fence force. Sun­day’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice will mark 100 years since the ar­mistice that ended World War I. Bus­sel­ton RSL pres­i­dent Keith Scardi­field said the day was sig­nif­i­cant not just for war vet­er­ans, but for the whole com­mu­nity. “This is a day sep­a­rate to An­zac Day where we ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber the fallen who sac­ri­ficed their lives not just in WWI but in sub­se­quent wars,” he said. “At 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent af­ter more than four years of con­tin­u­ous war. “The al­lied armies had driven the Ger­man in­vaders back, hav­ing in­flicted heavy de­feats upon them over the pre­ced­ing four months.” Mr Scardi­field said in 1920 in Lon­don, on the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice, the com­mem­o­ra­tion was a funeral for the un­known sol­diers whose re­mains were re­turned to Bri­tain. “Af­ter the end of WWII, the Aus­tralian and Bri­tish Govern­ments changed the name to Re­mem­brance Day from Ar­mistice Day,” he said.

The ser­vice will be held Bus­sel­ton Ceno­taph in Vic­to­ria Square from 10.40am with a minute’s si­lence at 11am.

The Mar­garet River RSL cer­e­mony takes place at Me­mo­rial Park on Sun­day at 11.55am. The RSL is also sell­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive pop­pies out­side lo­cal stores to­day and dur­ing the week­end.

The Au­gusta-Kar­ri­dale RSL will hold a sun­set ser­vice at the Au­gusta Light­house tonight, with at­ten­dance from 6pm.

On Sun­day, a new me­mo­rial will be un­veiled at Me­mo­rial Park off Osnaberg Street in Au­gust at 10.30am, fol­lowed by the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at 10.45am.

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