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LETTER: Service well attended

SIR, – In response to ‘Show some respect, The Weekly Advertiser, November 22.
I was appalled to read this letter by Michael Joynson of Stawell. As has happened every other year, Stawell did have an official ceremony to commemorate Remembrance Day and it was very well attended.
As well as there being a public notice in the Stawell Times-News stating the day, date, time and location of the official ceremony, during the week leading up to Remembrance Day, Stawell RSL had a display about the First World War in the Council Shop 108 in conjunction with the poppy appeal and where people could ask senior vice-president Graeme Cox about Remembrance Day.
As for all the people shopping , laughing, talking and enjoying their coffees – good on them, after all Remembrance Day is not a public holiday and the shopkeepers have to earn a quid when they can.
So where does the quip of ‘Show some respect’ fit there?
Stawell now has two war memorials, the RSL laid a wreath at both.
Northern Grampians Shire councillors laid a wreath at the Avenue of Honour World War One memorial.
Stawell Cadet Unit Leader Aaron Croft played host to an Army Reserve officer from 128 Transport Troupe Horsham.
She laid a wreath, as did the cadets who marched from the Stawell Drill Hall to the ceremony. There were two International Rotary Exchange Students present – they also laid a wreath.
There was a very good attendance by the people of Stawell and visitors to the town and more wreaths were laid.
Prior to the ceremony, students from Stawell Secondary College placed poppies at the 160 trees that honour our forebears who didn’t return home.
So, Mr Joynson, I believe the City of Stawell showed quite a bit of respect and just so you will know well in advance, Anzac Day services will be at the war memorial where the fountain is and Remembrance Day will be at the Avenue of Honour memorial, and this will become the norm in future years.
Des Leonard
Stawell RSL secretary

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