Lest we forget

As the sounds of the Last Post rang out, Whyalla’s former servicemen and women as well as members of the community shared in a minute’s silence to pay tribute to all those who served in protecting our country.
Nanjing Night Net

Gathering at the cenotaph at the Memorial Oval gates, those who attended bowed their heads in remembrance to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

At 11am on November 11, 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

To commemorate this date’s anniversary, two minutes silence was observed and now, all Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

Attendees proudly wore poppies pinned to their chest, the flower a symbolic reference to the fields of poppies seen at the site of World War I soldiers’ graves in the European region of Flanders.

Whyalla RSL Club vice president David Templeton welcomed the audience for attending before calling on Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock to read the benediction.

This year’s Remembrance Day marked shared ceremonial proceedings between the Whyalla Returned Services League and the Whyalla Naval Association.

Mr Templeton said the two organisations had been working closely together to ensure that the cenotaph and the memorial gates were a proud monument for the city.

Whyalla Naval Association president John Moore then led the minute’s silence proceedings.

Following the minute silence, invited guests including former servicemen were asked to come forward and present wreaths at the base of the cenotaph.

The raising of the flags then took place as well as a prayer conducted for those who have fallen and all those who are currently serving.

WE REMEMBER: Seaman William Cook served as a gunner in World War II and at 93-years-old is one of Whyalla’s oldest war veterans. Pictured remembering the fallen was Madge and William Cook.

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