Rev­ellers to have a ball to cel­e­brate the ar­mistice

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

On Novem­ber 11, 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, end­ing World War I af­ter more than four years of bloody con­flict.

Af­ter ac­cept­ing the terms pre­sented by the French army, the Ger­mans signed an ar­mistice bring­ing an end to the war which claimed more than 62,000 Aus­tralian lives.

This year marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice and in hon­our of the mile­stone, Safety Bay Ex-Ser­vices and Com­mu­nity Club Inc is host­ing an Ar­mistice Ball at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

As part of cel­e­bra­tions, Year 10 stu­dents from Comet Bay Col­lege have re­searched and cre­ated posters hon­our­ing 30 West Aus­tralians who served in WWI — some of them from the Rock­ing­ham area. The posters will be on dis­play in the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on the night of the ball and through­out the week in­clud­ing on Re­mem­brance Day.

Vet­eran and ball steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Mick Ryan said it was im­por­tant to cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

“What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate (the an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice) than by hav­ing a ball?” he said.

“It is a very sig­nif­i­cant part of Aus­tralian mil­i­tary his­tory.

“All gave some and some gave all. “We will also have a com­mem­o­ra­tive

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate (the an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice) than by hav­ing a ball?

Mick Ryan

ser­vice on Sun­day and are bury­ing a time cap­sule, which we’re en­cour­ag­ing the city to open up in 50 years time at the 150th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice.”

Tick­ets are $55 each and in­clude bub­bles and canapes on ar­rival, a three-course sit-down meal, a WA army band and a cash bar.

Ta­bles of 10 are avail­able and can be bought from Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce, 19 Kent Street from 9am-4pm, Mon­day-Fri­day, via email ad­ or by phoning 9592 3333.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Ball or­gan­iser and vet­eran Mick Ryan and Year 10 stu­dents Sa­van­nah Slet­ten and Shay­don May.

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