The Ar­mistice Liv­ing Trib­ute comes to VC memo­rial

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ON Novem­ber 11 this year, we mark not only the an­nual Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions but also the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice, the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in World War One, bring­ing to an end a ter­ri­ble and de­struc­tive war.

Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil and the Euroa RSL are proud to be host­ing the Ar­mistice Liv­ing Trib­ute per­for­mance on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, at 2pm and again at 4pm.

Ar­mistice Liv­ing Trib­ute in­volves pro­fes­sional cir­cus artists per­form­ing ac­ro­bat­ics along­side the Euroa Cit­i­zens Brass Band.

This free per­for­mance is de­signed to en­cour­age peo­ple to think about the sig­nif­i­cance of the Ar­mistice and to give thought to what they will be do­ing on Novem­ber 11, the day of the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary.

The show tells the story of Aus­tralia’s mil­i­tary mu­si­cians who from 1914 un­til 1966, had two roles to play. They were both mem­bers of the mil­i­tary band and stretcher­bear­ers and medics who served un­der fire. It was a tra­di­tion that Aus­tralia in­her­ited from the Bri­tish army, but one that the An­zac mu­si­cians made their own.

Mu­si­cians served in com­bat in all of Aus­tralia’s wars, un­til the prac­tice ceased in 1967, dur­ing the Viet­nam War. Mem­bers of the band of 5 RAR were the last mu­si­cians to serve in com­bat po­si­tions.

It high­lights the sig­nif­i­cance of the Ar­mistice and how the end of World War One was both a cel­e­bra­tion and a time for re­flec­tion. It en­cour­ages Vic­to­ri­ans to par­tic­i­pate in com­mem­o­ra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties on Re­mem­brance Day.

The free 20 minute street per­for­mance is a great op­por­tu­nity for the whole com­mu­nity to come to­gether and re­mem­ber our proud wartime legacy.

This ac­ro­batic and mu­si­cal per­for­mance is sup­ported by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment as the fi­nal event of the four year An­zac Cen­te­nary cam­paign.

Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor Amanda McClaren said Coun­cil is look­ing for­ward to host­ing the Ar­mistice Liv­ing Trib­ute per­for­mance at Euroa.

“Per­for­mances like these pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for our com­mu­nity to come to­gether and cel­e­brate our com­mon her­itage and val­ues.”

The shire would like to put out a call out to any­one in the lo­cal com­mu­nity who has any descen­dants of mil­i­tary bands­men/stretcher bear­ers to con­tact them.

You can join the con­ver­sa­tion about the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary by us­ing the hash­tag #Ar­misticeVic­to­ria on so­cial me­dia.

A LIV­ING TRIB­UTE: Pro­fes­sional cir­cus artists will be per­form­ing ac­ro­bat­ics along­side the Euroa Cit­i­zens Brass Band in an Ar­mistice Liv­ing Trib­ute per­for­mance on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, at 2pm and again at 4pm in the VC Memo­rial Park Euroa.

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