A day to remember

MONDAY’SRemembranceDayservice was a time to reflect on the men and women who fought for the nation, with more than 250people gathering at the Soldiers War Memorial inPall Mall.
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Theservice began with Padre Tom Williams reciting the Prayer of Remembrance before Peter Worthington read aloud John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Field.

Local organisations, community groups and schools laid brightly-coloured wreaths before Bendigo and District RSL sub-branch president Cliff Richards recited the Ode of Remembrance.

The playing of the Last Post, aminute of silence, the Rouse and the singing of the national anthem followed.

Bendigo and District RSL sub-branch president Cliff Richards said he was pleased with thecrowd that turned out to remember the men and women of the Australian Defence Forces who lost their lives.

“For a city to stop and to remember those that gave the supreme sacrifice during a time of war and conflict is so important,” he said.

“For our older veterans I think Remembrance Day isit is even more important.

“An older veteran said to me it is agoal to stop people for one minute on that day (to force a person)to say ‘why have I stopped’ and (remind them it’s because it’s Remembrance Day).

“And to an older veteran that means so much.

“It is a powerful minute but I think it is a minute the city of Bendigo has shown extremely well.”

Bendigo pauses to remember. VIDEO: Leigh SharpMr Richards said Remembrance Day was not about glorifying war but instead about reflecting on its horrors and sacrifices.

“No one wants to glorify war – I think anyone that does is a fool,” he said.

“But our current soldiers today know that if there is a job to be done and it means going to war then they are trained well and trained to do a good job.

“It’s not about glorifying war, it’s about doing a good job and making sure our families at home are safe.”

There were also services at the Eaglehawk Memorial, Kangaroo Flat Soldiers Memorial, Inglewood Monument and the Memorial Hall in Bridgewater.

REMEMBER: More than 250 people turned out for the Remembrance Day service in Pall Mall.

Padre Tom Williams speaks to the gathering

Veteran John McKenzie-McHarg

WW2 veterans Kevin Coughlin (RAAF), Jack Fay (RAAF), Norm Smart (RAA)

John McKenzie-McHarg of The Veteran’s Corp Incorporated, Sgt. Rod Pinder

Richard Penna of the Vietnam Veteran’s Association lays a wreath

BDRSL Museum curator Peter Ball receives a cache of WW2 artefacts from Maj. Paul Neunhoffer and WO2 John Blanchard of 8th/7th RVR

Greta Balsillie, Secretary of the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Assoc and Debbie Rye of Bendigo RSL

Kyah Ducat and Aunty Sgt. Natalie Kaminski

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