Support for service
A STRONG crowd of up to 200 people made the effort to attend Myrtleford’s Remembrance Day service at the local cenotaph on Sunday.
The service which marked 100 years since the signing of the armistice, was opened by a minute of silence and reflection from the RSL Clubs President, Kevin Pitts.
Mr Pitts said we must embrace the spirit of our veterans’ legacy.
“It is now our pride to carry forward, a veteran is someone who at one point in his life, wrote a blank cheque made payable to Australia for an amount of up to and including their life.”
RSL Club Secretary, Bryan Meehan, new Marian College school captain, Breanna Johnson, Alpine Shire councillor John Forsyth, Father Richard Pennington from the Anglican Church and Philipa Cartwright also shared words throughout the 25 minute service.
Mr Forsyth read a poem titled ‘My ANZAC on the wall’ which received a strong applause from the crowd that included representatives from all three Myrtleford schools, local sporting clubs and the Myrtleford Scouts.
The engaged onlookers then rose as Audrey Busst and Sheila Kennedy began the wreath laying ceremony on behalf of the Myrtleford RSL’s legacy group and the last post was played.
Janette Williams, who was among the crowd proudly wearing her father’s WWI medals, along with her husband’s grandfathers that were received following the Boxer Rebellion fought in China from 1899-1901, said the day was very special to her.
“I make an effort to come to this day every year, today especially (100 years) is so important,” she said.
Ms Williams who is a Myrtleford local is the author of ‘Two Photos and a Medal’ a tale of William George Monteith who served in the Australian Navy from 1886 well into the 20th century.
“The Chief of Navy was very pleased with it so I thought I couldn’t aim any higher,” she added.
“Today’s service was very good; it was such an important commemoration.”
Mr Meehan paid special homage to all veterans who served at various wars with particular mention to nurses who looked after soldiers with shocking injuries and wounds for up to 16 hours a day.
“Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated, we encourage all Australian’s to renew their observation of the event,” he said.
RESPEcTFUl: Alex Durling (close) and Matilda Knobel from Myrtleford P-12 college lay a wreath on Remembrance Day. Full Alpine Remembrance Day service coverage, see pages 4-5.