Sup­port for ser­vice

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - By TATE SPI­TERI tspi­[email protected]­me­

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.

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