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KALAMUNDA RSL president Geof Irvin served in Vietnam and proudly carries the medals earned by his uncle George Minnis in World War One. Now an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War will be held at Kalamunda RSL - the only site to hold the exhibition in the metro area.

Kalamunda RSL score exhibition

KALAMUNDA RSL will honour the memory of the fallen with an exhibition all the way from Belgium next month in the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest conflicts the world has ever known.

Geof Irvin, the president of Kalamunda RSL, said the World War One exhibition The Great War in Broad Outline will open on March 7 at 3pm, with an address by Belgium Consul Peter Roaen.

The exhibition, produced by the Belgium Embassy, pays tribute to the sacrifice of the ANZACs and is a reminder that Belgium is forever grateful and continues to honour the fallen.

It will also aim to increase awareness and understanding of the history of the Great War and the legacy and memory of this traumatic event, as well as commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

It is about the experience and memory of the ANZAC’s fighting in Belgium, its defining moments and battles.

While the exhibition will tour the country, Kalamunda RSL is the only metropolitan venue to feature the exhibition.

Mr Ivin said one of his members recently visited Belgium, which led to Kalamunda RSL securing the exhibition.

“One of our members was over there recently, and it was because he went over there, their embassy contacted us and asked us to host it,” he said.

“It’s a tremendous tribute to all the Australians who served and lost their lives in Europe as a whole, not just in Belgium.”

Mr Irvin’s uncle George Minnis served in the Great War, and he said he believed recognition of the contribution and sacrifices made was at an all-time high.

“Especially among young people, they’re showing a real respect and they’re learning more and more about the wars.

“I go out and give talks at schools and the interest they show is genuine, and just fantastic to see.”

The exhibition opens on March 7 and runs until March 25.

It will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am until 3pm, Friday from 3pm until 8pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am untl 3pm.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story in 2013 and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. On the weekend you can usually find him at Bells Rapids, taking a very reluctant dog for a walk on the Goat trail.

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