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Remembrance Day

Commemorating "the war to end all wars"

2019 Perth Remembrance Day Service

RSLWA’s official Remembrance Day service will take place at the State War Memorial in Kings Park on 11 November 2019. Keep an eye out at major CBD intersections for one of 10 buglers  who will sound out The Last Post in synchronisation with the Kings Park bugler just before the Minute’s Silence.

 

ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS:

1050 | Arrival of the Catafalque Party 1055 | Arrivals

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia

The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia

Other Distinguished Guests

1059 | Flypast 1100 | Last Post

One Minute’s Silence

The Ode

by Peter Aspinall AM, RSLWA State President

They shall grow not old; that we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them

Response

Lest We Forget Rouse

Recital: In Flanders Field Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Music accompaniment by Churchlands Senior High School Band

Commemorative Address

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia

Official Handover of the Wardenship of the State War Memorial to The Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC

National Anthem Catafalque Party Dismounts Departure of Official Party

2019 Sub-Branch Services

Applecross RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: Wireless Hill War Memorial site, Telefunken Drive Ardross

Details: Followed by a complimentary morning tea

 

Bullsbrook and District RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: 6 Hurd Road, Bullsbrook 6064

Details: Parking on street or at the local school

 

Bunbury RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.40am

Location: ANZAC Park, Stirling St, Bunbury

Details: At the conclusion of the service, light refreshments will be held at the RSL Hall, 19 Spencer Street, Bunbury.

 

Cambridge RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.35am

Location: West Leederville Cenotaph 88 Cambridge Street West Leederville

Details: Refreshment will be provided at the West Leederville Sporting Club after followed by our AGM – all inquiries to awilson@amnet.net.au

 

Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: 162 Wharf Street Cannington

Details: Followed by a light lunch and some entertainment provided by the WA Bush Poets Society. For more information 0418958865 or wilkinse@westnet.com.au

 

City of Belmont RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: City of Belmont War Memorial

 

City of Fremantle Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: Assembly at 10.30am for a 10.45am start

Location: Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill

Details: Wreaths and flowers may be laid. Wreath layers are requested to RSVP to the City of Fremantle. Contact events@fremantle.wa.gov.au or call 9432 9999

 

City of South Perth RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45 – 11.15am followed by morning tea in the Community Centre.

Location: City of South Perth Memorial Garden.  Cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth

Details: Kerry Fisher Secretary   ph: 93550134 – all welcome

 

Cottesloe RSL Sub-Branch

Tenth Lt Frederick Bell VC Annual Memorial Lecture

Date: Friday, 8 November 2019

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Cottesloe Civic Centre War Memorial Hall, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe

Details: Admission $10 per head, payable at the door. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP ASAP to Rob O’Connor, phone 9367 9771 or email: rkoconnor@iinet.net.au . Seating is limited.

 

Dawesville RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.30am

Location: Dawesville Memorial, Estuary Road

Details: Following the Service there will be a Barbecue lunch provided for Sub-branch Members at the Port Bouvard Recreation & Sporting Club.

  

Dongara RSL Sub-Branch

 Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: Memorial Park

Details: Followed by lunch and light refreshments at the clubrooms 10 Waldeck St, Dongara. All visitors are welcome. 0408 489 022

 

Geraldton RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: City of Geraldton RSL at Birdwood House, Chapman Road Geraldton

 

Gosnells RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: War Memorial in the City of Gosnells Council Civic Centre

Details: Contact: – 9398 1661

 

Greenbushes RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.00am

Location: Greenbushes Cenotaph

Details: Contact: – 0427643508

 

Highgate RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.30am

Location: State War Memorial

Details: Followed by lunch at Frasers Kings Park greg.wilson@highgate–rsl.org.au for bookings

 

Joondalup City RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: Joondalup War Memorial, Central Park, Joondalup

Details: All welcome, for further information call 9400 4438 or visit www.joondalup.wa.gov.au

 

Kalamunda RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Sunday, 10 November and Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 2.00-4.00pm on the 10th and 10.45am on the 11th

Location: Stirk Park Kalamunda (10th) Kalamunda Cenotaph, Kostera Oval (11th)

 

Lancelin and Districts RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.50am

Location: Harold Park Memorial

Details: Then afterwards at the Endeavour Tavern for drinks.

 

Manjimup RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: “war memorial” junction of Giblett and Brockman streets.

Details: Followed by drinks and snacks at RSL Hall 10 Brockman Street

 

Moora RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: Moora War Memorial

Details: Contact Arthur Tonkin 0428 518 166

 

Mosman Park RSL Sub-Branch

 Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.30am

Location: Mosman Park Council Memorial Gardens

Details: Light refreshments provided

 

Nedlands RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.40am

Location: Karrakatta War Cemetery

Details: For further information email Nedlands.RSL@GMail

 

North Beach RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: Charles Riley Memorial Reserve

Details: Contact Rob Sweet, 0417654533

 

Northam RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am

Location: Northam Memorial hall Fitzgerald Street, Northam

Details: Any enquiries please contact the Northam Sub branch Secretary by email to  northamrslsb@hotmail.com or 0437 489 638

 

Northhampton RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 11.00am commencing 10.55am

Location: At the Memorial, corner of Hampton Rd and Essex Street

Details: Remembrance Dinner to be held on Friday 8th November 2019

reservations essential –  0429 667 778

 

Pinjarra RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday 11th November

Time: 10.45am

Location: Pinjarra Memorial, Pinjarra Road

Details: Fellowship at the RSL sub-branch after the service

 

 Toodyay RSL Sub-Branch

Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: ANZAC Park, ANZAC Ave

Details: All are welcome to attend.

 

York RSL Sub-Branch

 Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Time: 10.45am

Location: York War Memorial Park, Railway Rd

 

The Poppy Project

Two Exciting Poppy Installations!

To acknowledge such an occasion, we are proud to announce RSLWA with its Poppy Ladies’ groups around WA, are working on a commemorative project.

For 2019, there will be two installations in the Perth metropolitan area. One in London Court and one in Kings Park.  The cultural street of London Court will be embellished with our poppy display from 30th October. Our Poppy Ladies have also created a poppy wall that reads ‘ Lest We Forget’.

On 3rd and 4th of November, there will be a Kings Park installation of poppies that will cover the war memorial steps.

For over 100 years, the RSLWA has been here. Founded by Veterans, for Veterans, and still run by Veterans today. RSLWA has continuously provided camaraderie and assistance to those returned from service for well over one hundred years.

Each year, RSLWA and its Sub-Branches organise respectful commemorative events that promote the importance of acknowledging the 11th day in November within the community.

With the signing of the Armistice on that day at the 11th hour in the 11th month, the Great War (World War One) came to an end after more than four years of continuous warfare.

Why The Poppy?

Since 1920, the red poppy has been used as a symbol of commemoration. They were the first plants to bloom in the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium.

In the folklore of soldiers, the vivid red colouring of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking into the earth. The poppy flower grew rapidly and in large numbers across the graves of thousands of soldiers, leading it to become a symbol of sacrifice and loss.

 

It was these poppies, springing up on the battlefields, that inspired Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to pen the most notable poem of the time, “In Flanders Fields”.

The tradition of wearing the poppy began just before the official armistice of 1918. The secretary of the American YMCA, Moina Michael, read John McCrae’s poem and was so moved by it that she decided to wear a red poppy as a personal commemorative ritual. She believed that, by wearing the poppy, she was partaking in the faith that John McCrae had spoken of in his poem. In November of 1918, the YMCA secretaries took part in a worldwide meeting, allowing Moina Michael the opportunity to discuss the poem and why she chose to wear the red poppy. Inspired, the French YMCA secretary Anna Guérun, began to sell poppies in order to raise funds for war widows, orphans, Veterans and their families.

 

It wasn’t long before the poppy became a widely accepted symbol of remembrance throughout the allied nations. As a result, it has been worn on Armistice Day ever since. Poppies were first sold in Australia in 1921. In the lead up to Remembrance Day, they continue to be sold by the RSL in order to raise funds for Veteran welfare programs.

Celebration and commemoration

Several decades have passed since the Armistice that ended World War 1. To this day, we still hold fast to the idea that peace is possible, and we continue to work towards that goal.  Originally named Armistice Day, the Australian and British governments renamed the 11th of November to Remembrance Day. It was Australian journalist Edward George Honey that instigated the minute of silence to remember those that had fallen. As a result, this tradition has continued to this day.

Unlike ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day is not a public holiday, however, services are held Australia wide at 1100 at War Memorials and cenotaphs. The Last Post is traditionally sounded by a bugler, followed by a minutes silence. After this minute, the flags are raised from half-mast to masthead and the Rouse is sounded.

It is also customary for the poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to be read allowed, the poppy dubbed the symbol of remembrance.

“In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ fields.”

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