Com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice at Bella Vista Farm Park

Tchaikovsky’s world-renowned 1812 Over­ture will echo through Bella Vista Farm Park on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 to mark the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice.

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The Over­ture will be played by the Cas­tle Hill RSL Youth Orches­tra and be ac­com­pa­nied by the Royal Aus­tralian Army “big guns”.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties on the day will in­clude per­for­mances from the Cas­tle Hill RSL Pipe Band and the RNSW Lancers Band. Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell, the Hon. Alex Hawke MP, said to­day we know 11 Novem­ber as Re­mem­brance Day, but its ori­gins started 100 years ago when the Ar­mistice end­ing the fight­ing dur­ing the First World War was signed.

“The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment through the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary Grants Pro­gram has pro­vided $50,000 to each fed­eral elec­torate across Aus­tralia to en­sure the me­mory of those who gave so much in de­fence of our val­ues and free­dom live on. We owe it to those who went be­fore to stop, remember and say thank you for an­other 100 years,” Mr Hawke said.

“The Cen­te­nary Fi­nale event has been made pos­si­ble through the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary Grant of $6,928 to mark the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice in a lo­cally sig­nif­i­cant way. I com­mend the work of the Mitchell Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Com­mit­tee, led by David Hand with the as­sis­tance of Colonel Don Tait OAM, for their time and com­mit­ment in plan­ning such a mo­men­tous event for the com­mu­nity to remember, re­flect and honour those who gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for our na­tion,” he added.

Cas­tle Hill RSL sub-Branch has con­trib­uted $15,000 and The Hills Shire Coun­cil has do­nated $7,500, plus in-kind sup­port to make sure the day is a suc­cess.

“Re­mem­brance Day is a sig­nif­i­cant event, and it’s im­por­tant to remember the sac­ri­fices made by our Hills Shire res­i­dents and those who con­trib­uted to the war ef­forts dur­ing World War I,” Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said.

“That’s why Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure this event is one that our com­mu­nity and its veter­ans can be proud of, while also help­ing to ed­u­cate and en­gage the wider com­mu­nity about the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary story,” she said.

Pres­i­dent of the Cen­te­nary of ANZAC com­mit­tee, re­tired Colonel Don Tait OAM said that the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice com­mem­o­ra­tions al­low our com­mu­nity to remember the loss of so many Aus­tralians, to em­pathise with those who have been in­jured by war and to remember the end to WWI.

“Re­mem­brance Day means many things to me, but im­por­tantly it ended a war so that Aus­tralian Army, Navy and Air Force per­son­nel could re­turn home and restart their lives with their fam­i­lies,” Mr Tait said.

“For me per­son­ally, I use the day to remember the sac­ri­fices that so many ser­vice per­son­nel made in WWI and, in par­tic­u­lar, the 571 men from the Hills District who gave their lives so that we could live nor­mal lives in this great na­tion of ours.

“This Ar­mistice Fi­nale event fea­tur­ing the 1812 Over­ture of­fers a great evening out for fam­i­lies and for them to ex­pe­ri­ence an ex­cit­ing and fit­ting pro­gram that re­mem­bers all Aus­tralians who have sac­ri­ficed so much for us,” he added.

Gates open at 4.30pm. At­ten­dees can bring a rug and a pic­nic. Food and cof­fee will also be avail­able. While the event is free, at­ten­dees are asked to book via Eventbrite to give an idea of num­bers.

(From Left to right) Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne, David El­liott MP and Min­is­ter for Veteran Af­fairs, Har­ri­son Maxwell, Austin Break­well, and Michael Theodor­idis from the Cas­tle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orches­tra, Alex Hawke MP Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell and Don Tait and David Hand from the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

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