Remembrance Day

Commemorating "the war to end all wars"

2021 Perth Remembrance Day Service

RSLWA’s official Remembrance Day service will take place at the State War Memorial in Kings Park on 11 November 2021. 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:

10.30 – Arrival of Catafalque Party

Prayer of Remembrance

Recital Flanders Field

Remembrance Day Address – The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

 

The Ode

by Peter Aspinall AM, RSLWA State President

They shall grow not old; as 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

1100 – Last Post

One Minute Silence

Fly Past

 

Response

Lest We Forget Rouse

The Rouse

National Anthem

Catafalque Part Dismounts

Departure of Official Party

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 2020, 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 aloud, 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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