ONE hundred years ago, at 11am on November 11, 1918, an armistice came into effect that silenced the guns and ended the bloodshed of World War I.
While the more than 400,000 Australian men who enlisted in that war have all been laid to rest, their memories and sacrifices will be honoured in Remembrance Day ceremonies all over WA, including Cockburn.
More than 30 community groups and schools will join the Cockburn RSL in commemorating the armistice centenary in a parade marching from the RSL car park to the Memorial Hall Monument, where a service will be held at 11am.
Cockburn RSL ceremonial advisor Arthur Stanton said while the parade was a mainstay for their Anzac Day celebrations, they had only ever done it once before on Remembrance Day.
“I consider that this parade is very important for our youth, it could be classified as a flow on from the ANZAC youth parade and service,” he said.
“It gives the students a chance to march as their fore fathers have done before them, to recognise and give thanks for those that gave their lives, and those that have served and are still serving, so that we can live in peace.
“We are encouraging all community groups and members of the community to take part in the parade, to wear their deceased relatives medals on their right breast and wear them with pride for their service and the sacrifices that they made.”
The parade will step off from the Cockburn RSL car park at 10am on November 11.
The Friends of Woodman Point will also hold a Remembrance Day service on November 11.
Stephen Wilson, grandson of former Woodman Point Quarantine Station Officer-in-Charge and WWI veteran Roy McIntosh, will play ‘The Battle’s O’er’ at the service.
Members of the public are invited to congregate at the Quarantine Station’s Isolation Hospital by 5.50am for a 6am service.
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