Re­mem­ber to pause and re­flect

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham RSL pres­i­dent Robert Lock­wood has urged peo­ple of the Wim­mera and be­yond to con­tinue the an­nual tra­di­tion of ob­serv­ing Re­mem­brance Day.

He said de­spite the pass­ing of 100 years since the end of the First World War, the mean­ing and mes­sage of the oc­ca­sion re­mained as im­por­tant as ever.

Mr Lock­wood said it was great peo­ple could at­tend cer­e­monies to con­sider the sac­ri­fice of war, but added that tak­ing a minute of si­lence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month ev­ery year was also a per­sonal dis­ci­pline peo­ple could ob­serve wher­ever they were and what­ever they were do­ing.

“If you can’t get to a ser­vice or cer­e­mony or have other press­ing com­mit­ments, any­one can stop for a minute to think of the peo­ple who have paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice – and hope that why we do this never hap­pens again,” he said.

Mr Lock­wood said he was among peo­ple who couldn’t at­tend a ser­vice on Sun­day but made sure he stopped to re­flect for minute at 11am.

“It is about mak­ing sure we think about what has hap­pened in the past. It is also an op­por­tu­nity to count our lucky stars,” he said.

“The good part about it is that more chil­dren are get­ting in­volved and gain­ing an un­der­stand­ing. They are our fu­ture and if we don’t pass on this mes­sage of re­spect there is a risk that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will for­get what hap­pened.”

Sun­day marked a cen­tury since the end of the First World War.

Com­mu­ni­ties, led by RSL sub-branches across the re­gion, marked the oc­ca­sion with spe­cial ser­vices, events and dis­plays.

Hor­sham fea­tured a va­ri­ety of pre­sen­ta­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing spe­cial evening ser­vice at An­zac Cen­te­nary Bridge, flow­er­ing pop­pies in gar­den beds in Hor­sham’s shop­ping cen­tre and an evening light­ing dis­play at Hor­sham Post Of­fice.

Ac­tiv­i­ties also had an in­ter­na­tional fla­vor, with pipers in Ararat and Hor­sham join­ing bag­pipe bands across the world in play­ing ‘The Bat­tle’s O’er’ at the ex­act mo­ment of the an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice.

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