We shall not for­get

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d487513

RSL mem­bers Kay Cleak, Paul Prick­ett, Arthur Stan­ton, Ron Fuller, Wally Schwartz and pres­i­dent Dig­ger Cleak.

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