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Chidlow and District RSL held a dedication ceremony of the new war memorial and a Remembrance Day service on November 11.

Remembrance Day service in Chidlow

CHIDLOW and District Returned and Services League held a dedication ceremony of the new war memorial and a Remembrance Day service on November 11.

Conducting the dedication Reverend Jean Routley said the memorial was a reminder of all of the sacrifices made by the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country in the cause of justice, peace and freedom.

The Remembrance Day service followed and was addressed by RSL State branch past president Bill Gaynor.

The master of ceremonies Major Jason Kingston-Wee then invited the laying of the wreaths.

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw, Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw and RSL member Corrina Caswell were followed by members of the public who laid wreaths and sprays on behalf of other organisations and private individuals wishing to pay their respects.

Following the Ode and the Last Post, a minute’s silence was observed.

After Rouse and The Lord’s Prayer, Fran Berry led the singing of the National Anthem.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 that ended the fighting in the World War I.

“It is now a day for Australians to observe one minute’s silence at 11 am in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts,” he said.

“More than 1.5 million Australians have served in defence of our nation and values in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping — sadly, more than 102,000 have died.

“On Remembrance Day we stop and think about the lives cut short by war and how that has affected families, friends and communities.

“We also reflect on the men and women who volunteer to join our defence force and are prepared to fight and die for our country and our values.

Coinciding with Remembrance Day a Nagar Kirtan (Sikh parade) was held to commemorate the Sikh servicemen and women who served with allied forces in both World Wars.

Meanwhile, Mr Wyatt encouraged community members to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary grants program.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said the grants program which closes on February 28 supports projects or activities commemorating the end of World War I.

More information is available at www.dva.gov.au or call 1800 555 254.

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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