Re­mem­brance Day

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

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

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