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Armistice display in Forrestfield

AT 11am on Sunday, November 11 people in many parts of the world, will stop for two minutes in silence to remember when the guns of war finally fell silent to mark the end of the First World War.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and many special events have been organised.

In the Forrestfield Library a display has been prepared showing some of the stories surrounding this historical event which took place in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiegne in France.  

For many of the soldiers, it was hard to believe that this conflict that had taken over 60,000 Australian lives had finally come to an end. 

Everything seemed just the same with tired troops and cold, drizzly winter weather.

As part of the display, the Men’s Health Peer Education (the Men’s Health Shop) will have information for veterans on many subjects including available financial and counselling services and contact numbers for vets and their families needing assistance. 

There are also free children’s activity kits which have been prepared by parishioners from St Stephen’s Anglican Church and these contain information on the Armistice, craft activities and puzzles.

The display will be on until Monday, November 12.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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