Centenary of Armistice
Remembrance Day is special to Australians, young and old, for many different reasons and sharing the stories is incredibly important and powerful.
A few of our RSL Club Members have very kindly told us how they commemorated this important day and how they have shared their own stories with the community.
RSL McLaren Vale & District Sub-Branch
Whilst we had a huge day on Friday 9th selling Poppies and Badges for Poppy Appeal at 3 shopping Centres, our Sunday Memorial Service reflected the Centenary of Armistice.
We had a really great turn up of around 500 for our Armistice Day Service at our McLaren Vale Memorial Park, and the weather was beautiful. It was delightful to see a number of children present as well as Principals and senior teachers representing the local schools. Our Politicians were also represented, as was our Council.
Fifteen Air Force Cadets from 619 Squadron attended with their CO Mr. Chris Williams and did a marvelous job in handing out Orders of Service and supporting the 4 flags on our Memorial Park, as well as providing the Catafalque Party.
Our usual Bagpiper Vaughan Cooke, gave excellent background cover during our quiet periods, such as the lead in, during Tribute laying and closing.
More than 150 attended our Sub-Branch Clubrooms for lunch following the Service.
RSL Semaphore & Port Adelaide
"Our Remembrance Day activities commenced with a formal Armistice Dinner for members and invited guests at which Mark Butler MP was presented with Life Membership of the Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL" in recognition of his assistance to the club over many years. Guest speakers Retired Colonel Stephen Larkins (Historian, Peacekeeper and battlefield expert) and Robert Kearney OAM (Historian, Author, Raconteur, Vietnam Veteran, Story Teller) entertained guests during the meal, and President Colin Johns spoke about the club's ambition to create a military muse
Graham "Chook" Wilson had a vision to recognise our 61,513 fallen soldiers by placing 61,513 poppies on the Semaphore Jetty. With financial assistance from the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, and the support of many local volunteers this vision was realised and became a focal point for our Remembrance Day Ceremony.
The Ceremony on 11 November attracted more than 2,000 attendees to the Angel of Remembrance on the Semaphore foreshore. Rev Ian Hunter read the service, and the National Anthems of Australia and NZ were sung by Ann Glover, accompanied by the North Haven Primary school choir. The 462 Squadron and Fort Glanville Historical Society provided the military presence on the day. Wreaths were laid and everyone observed 1 minutes silence at 11.00am, before returning to the Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL clubrooms for a cool beer, great company and some old time piano tunes played by our oldest member Ray Todd, and accompanied in some duets, and even a couple of trios with other patrons.
We finished the day by drawing the Remembrance day raffle which had 64 prizes donated by local businesses, followed by the Ode of Remembrance.
This was a great day for our community and we would like to thank the Department of Veterans Affairs for their financial support."
RSL Murray Bridge
Murray Bridge RSL was once again fully committed to this special Remembrance Day. Our members attended the Murray Bridge High School Remembrance Day service on Friday 9 November, which was very moving, and that afternoon we attended another service at the Murray Bridge South Primary School. On Sunday 11 November, David Laing, RSL Regional Coordinator was MC for the Service at the Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital where a few hundred locals were in attendance.
On Monday morning at 9.30, 200 senior Murray Bridge High School students marched across the main bridge to the RSL, accompanied by the school band. The police blocked off the bridge from road traffic for the occasion. The students were then told of the significance of this year, as being the centenary year of the end of WW1. One of our WW2 veterans will also address them. Following that tthere was a sausage sizzle lunch at the RSL before they were picked up by buses and returned to school.
RSL Regional Coordinator