The Esperance community are set to mark a special Remembrance Day, with the centenary of the end of the first world war on Sunday, November 11.
Esperance RSL secretary and Remembrance Day coordinator Sonja Andrew said she hoped there would be similar turnout to ANZAC Day due to the significance of the event.
“One-hundred years ago nations stopped to celebrate the war’s end,” she said.
“They’d spent four years waiting for the war to be over and, 100 years on, it’s a chance for us to reflect on where we are.
“It was meant to be the war to end all wars but we are a country still at war today.
“So we should be thankful for the brave men and women who are willing to lay their lives down today so that we can stay safe.”
Mrs Andrews said the Walk of Remembrance banners displayed by the Shire of Esperance added a human face to the men who fought for our freedom in the Great War.
“They will have them all around town and it gives an opportunity to stop and reflect,” she said.
“I think it’s significant for us to reflect on those who have served, especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
The services on November 11 will be held from 10:30am outside the Esperance RSL Hall.
The day will feature a community choir, with lead singers accompanied by the Esperance Brass Band.
The Esperance 10th Light Horse Brigade will participate in the service.
Due to the brigade’s presence the carpark at the Memorial Park will be shut from 10:30am for public safety.
The RSL Hall will be open for the public to view murals dedicated to various conflicts.
The Memorial Park carpark will be shut at 10:30 for public safety because the Light Horse will be there.
At 11.00am two minutes silence will be held to pay respects for the sacrifice of those who served and to mark the end of the war 100 years ago.
Following the services and silence, lunch will be available from the Rotary Club of Esperance.
Mrs Andrews said the RSL had received particular support from the Shire of Esperance, Lotterywest, the Esperance Brass Band, the Rotary Club of Esperance, the Esperance 10th Light Horse Brigade, St John Ambulance and the Army and Navy Cadets.
Limited addition Poppy Pins will be on sale at throughout the community for $10 on Friday, November 9.
Funds raised will go to veteran’s welfare and veteran’s trust organisations.
For more details on this year’s Remembrance Day in Esperance see the Friday, November 9 edition of the Esperance Express.