The Armistice Living Tribute comes to VC memorial
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.