The rain caused the Remembrance Day service at Riverstone Parade to be moved to the Riverstone RSL Sub-branch hall at Market Street today.
It was originally planned for Riverstone Parade to be closed to traffic for an hour to allow about 100 former servicemen, women and residents to remember the fallen.
This was necessary as the RSL Cenotaph is located at Riverstone Parade, one of the busiest roads in the town’s CBD.
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).
Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on November 11 in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
This year is the 95th anniversary of the armistice on November 11 which ended the First World War, as well as the 20th anniversary of the reinterment of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Memory.
Members of Riverstone-Schofield RSL Sub-branch led by president Richard Lawford assembled at the hall with representatives from the army and police as well as MP Kevin Conolly for one minute’s silence and a wreath-laying ceremony.
Members and friends of Blacktown RSL Club also observed Remembrance Day at their Cenotaph in Second Avenue at the same time.
They assembled outside the club at 10.30am before the wreath laying ceremony.
Riverstone RSL trustee Ronald Regan and Sub-branch president Richard Lawford leading the service. Photo: Gene Ramirez