Wanneroo RSL and the Naval Association's Armistice Centenary commemorations will include a memorabilia display.
VINTAGE military vehicles and buglers will be part of the Remembrance Day commemorations in Wanneroo.
Wanneroo RSL president Jack Le Cras said the veterans group and the Perth North subsection of the Naval Association of Australia had put a lot of effort into the November 11 event.
Mr Le Cras said the service would start with shots fired from Memorial Park, answered by shots from a rifleman in front of Wanneroo Central shopping centre.
He said the final 10.59am shot would mark the cessation of World War I a century ago.
“We will have buglers at Memorial Park, the shopping centre and the roundabout; we’ve got policemen everywhere to stop the traffic,” he said.
Mr Le Cras said there would be a dedication ceremony for seven trees lining the memorial walk to mark conflicts including World War I and II, Korea, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“The eighth plaque is going in front of the lone pine, which was grown from a seed of the lone pine tree at Gallipoli,” he said.
The commemorations will include displays in marquees at the park and in the Limelight Theatre lobby from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
“We’ve got a static display of military memorabilia,” Mr Le Cras said.
“We have some vintage military vehicles lent to us.”
There will also be about a dozen mannequins dressed in a variety of service uniforms.
The service will include a Tiger Moth flypast and speakers will include Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Cowan MHR Anne Aly and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.
Following the service, Challenge Brass Band and the Wanneroo Pipe Band will perform and Mr Le Cras encouraged families to attend the event.
PLAQUES at 1265 trees along Kings Park’s honour avenues will remind the public of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who died overseas or have no known grave at this Sunday’s centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I on Remembrance Day.
“I often have comments from people saying ‘We walk about the park, we look at the plaques’ and they have significance for them, particularly if it’s a young man who is remembered,” Honour Avenues Group secretary Robin Slater (82) said.
There is only one oak tree left from the first planting along May Drive in 1919. Three years later, members of the 14-strong Highgate RSL-based volunteer group started tending the 1700 plaques each week.
“Every one of us gets a great deal of pride from it and the significance of the plaques is great to us, as we are ex-servicemen and they remember the guys who went before us,” Mr Slater said.
While most plaques are from World War I and II, some tell of the service by those in conflicts as late as Borneo in the mid-1960s.
“Some days you come up here and there’s a flower on a tree and it could be the day that person died,” group president Ken Jones (86), of Duncraig, said.
Honour avenues started in Victoria in 1917, before founding Kings Park Board member Arthur Lovekin dedicated the trees on May Drive to 404 soldiers in 1919. After World War II, 300 sugar gums were planted on Lovekin Avenue in 1948 and Marri Walk near the Rio Tinto Naturescape was dedicated in 1999.
With age and storms taking their toll on the giant trees, the Kings Park Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (KPBGPA) is replacing the non-WA species with indigenous types, including marri.
“It’s the character of the avenues, with that cathedral-like light, their presence, with mist on their damp trunks, that strikes you,” KPBGPA arboriculture curator Jeremy Thomas said.
“You stop, look at the plaque, and it actually paints a bigger picture that these trees are our living monuments, our living assets to our fallen soldiers.”
Wanneroo RSL president Jack Le Cras with an old gas mask. Picture: Martin Kennealey d487993
www.communitypix.com.au d487835 Highgate RSL members Ken Jones and Robin Slater with the last tree planted in 1919 after World War I. Picture: Andrew Ritchie