Turning back the clock to relive historic moment
THE centenary tomorrow of the day the guns fell silent to mark the end of World War I will be remembered in a very special way at Tweed Heads.
Members of the local army reserve unit and Tweed Heads RSL sub-branch will don authentic Allied and German uniforms from the Great War in a re-enactment at Chris Cunningham Park of that moment on November 11, 1918.
At 10.45am NSW time (9.45am Queensland), at the memorial in the park, the clock will be turned back 100 years as about 20 reservists and RSL members, complete with replica military equipment, will play their roles – backed by audio and special effects – in a presentation symbolising the Armistice, which saw an end to the carnage that had claimed more than 60,000 Australian lives.
A bugler will herald the start of one minute’s silence, followed by the Remembrance Day service.
Following the placing of the wreaths, women dressed as nurses will present white doves to be released by the Allied and German “soldiers’’. The Remembrance Day march from Chris Cunningham Park will then move off towards Bay St, then along Wharf St to Twin Towns.
At 2pm NSW time (1pm Qld), the Twin Towns Showroom will be opened to the public for a concert featuring the Queensland Services Heritage Band. Tickets are $5. To book, phone 1800 014 014.
Twin Towns will continue a special hi-tech tribute to the end of the war with a presentation on its giant external screen titled 100 Years, 100 Faces, featuring photos submitted to the club by locals and interstate families. The photos of relatives, friends or loved ones will be honoured on the big screen from today through to Sunday, November 18.
Some photos feature multiple faces, siblings who headed to war as a family, battalions and two photos of entire Light Horse Brigades.
The 100 Years, 100 Faces presentation will be shown on the building each evening in two presentations at 7.10pm (Qld) and 8.10pm (Qld). Each image will stay on the screen for about a minute.