We shall not forget
ONE hundred years ago, at 11am on November 11, 1918, an armistice came into effect that silenced the guns and ended the bloodshed of World War I.
While the more than 400,000 Australian men who enlisted in that war have all now been laid to rest, their memories and sacrifices will be honoured in Remembrance Day ceremonies all over WA, including in Cockburn.
More than 30 community groups and schools will join Cockburn RSL in commemorating the armistice centenary in a parade from the RSL carpark at 10am on November 11 to the Memorial Hall Monument, where a service will be held at 11am.
Cockburn RSL ceremonial advisor Arthur Stanton said while the parade was a mainstay for their Anzac Day services, they had only done it once before on Remembrance Day.
“I consider that this parade is very important for our youth; it could be classified as a flow-on from the Anzac youth parade and service,” he said.
“It gives the students a chance to march as their forefathers have done before them, to recognise and give thanks for those that gave their lives, and those that have served and are still serving so that we can live in peace.
“We are encouraging all community groups and members of the community to take part in the parade, to wear their deceased relatives’ medals on their right breast and wear them with pride for their service and the sacrifices they made.”
RSL members Kay Cleak, Paul Prickett, Arthur Stanton, Ron Fuller, Wally Schwartz and president Digger Cleak.