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Remembrance Day in the Wimmera | Time for reflection a century on

Ray Buckley and Hartley Stephens at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

Ray Buckley and Hartley Stephens at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

By COLIN MACGILLIVRAY
A century after the guns fell silent across Europe to mark the end of the First World War, the Wimmera will pause to reflect and share a moment of silence.
Sunday’s Remembrance Day services take on extra significance this year, taking place exactly 100 years after the Armistice was signed.
Many RSL sub-branches across the Wimmera will host ceremonies to commemorate the anniversary.
Horsham will host a service at the Sawyer Park cenotaph at 10.45am, and a special one-off evening service at Anzac Centenary Bridge on Barnes Boulevard at 7.45pm.
A series of displays, presentations and exhibitions has already opened across the city. A free display entitled ‘Fate of the Imperials: The 1914 Warracknabeal Premiership Team at War’ opened at Horsham library last week and will remain until Monday.
It details the history of the undefeated 1914 Warracknabeal football team.
Nearly all members of the team enlisted to fight in the First World War. Many never returned.
A lighting display will be projected onto Horsham Post Office after sunset each day until Sunday.
The display features First World War images and is a tribute to the 463 men from Horsham district who lost their lives in the conflict.
Poppies and banners will also be displayed along Firebrace Street.
Horsham Rural City mayor Pam Clarke opened a ‘Century of Service’ exhibition at Horsham RSL on Sunday.
Horsham RSL president Robert Lockwood said the exhibition, curated by RSL committee member Jim Amos, featured a huge collection of artefacts.
“It is probably the biggest display of First World War memorabilia outside of a capital city,” he said.
“Jim Amos is the real hero, because he worked extremely hard to put it all together.”
The exhibition is free and open to the public until 4pm on Friday.

Jim Amos at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

Jim Amos at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

Mr Lockwood said it was vital people reflected on the brutality of war without feting it.
“We don’t want to celebrate what happened, but be very mindful of it,” he said.
“It has been 100 years since Armistice and we want people to continue to remember what it means.”
Mr Lockwood said far from fading into obscurity after a century, Remembrance Day was increasing in popularity.
“Remembrance Day is growing again,” he said.
“We’re getting school children involved and there are more people turning up to services than there were six years ago.
“We had about 3000 people attend the Anzac Day centenary dawn service, so it’s definitely not dying off.”
In another special event, bagpipe bands across the world will play ‘The Battle’s O’er’ at the exact moment the Armistice was signed.

Pipers in Horsham and Ararat will join the ceremony at 5pm. Year seven students at Ararat’s Marian College have planted more than 1000 ceramic poppies outside Ararat RSL as part of an Armistice Centenary project.
The poppies will remain until November 18, when members of the public can purchase them for $5 each, with all proceeds going to the Legacy foundation.
Nhill will mark the day with the dedication of a new war memorial commemorating soldiers from the area who died in conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and other areas.
The memorial dedication service will be at 10am followed by a morning tea, with the Remembrance Day service starting at 11am.

WIMMERA SERVICES:

Ararat Rural City
Ararat:
11am, service at war memorial cenotaph with address from Ararat RSL president Frank Neulist; 5pm, pipe band playing to commemorate the moment the Armistice was signed.
Hindmarsh
Dimboola:
10.50am, service at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College; after the service Dimboola RSL will host a reception at its clubrooms for anyone wishing to attend, with finger food available.
Jeparit: 10.50am, short service and flag-raising ceremony at Jeparit RSL.
Nhill: 10am, blessing and dedication of new war memorial commemorating those who served in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and other conflicts; 10.30am, morning tea hosted by Hindmarsh Shire and Nhill Rotary Club; 11am, Remembrance Day service. For more information call Rhys Webb, 0412 232 996.
Northern Grampians
St Arnaud:
11am, meet at corner of Market and Napier streets, march along Napier and Raglan streets to Liberty Hall.
Stawell: 11am, service and wreath-laying ceremony at Avenue of Honour memorial.
Horsham Rural City
Horsham:
10.45am, memorial service at Sawyer Park cenotaph, Memorial Drive; 5pm, bagpipers will play a lament at the exact moment the Armistice was signed; 7.45pm, Anzac Centenary Bridge, Barnes Boulevard, one-off service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and highlight the significance of the ‘With the going down of the sun’ portion of the League Ode.
West Wimmera
Apsley:
10.45am, service at war memorial, Splatt Street, led by Langkoop-Apsley RSL sub-branch president Robert Carberry; after the ceremony there will be a function at the Border Inn Hotel for anyone wishing to attend.
Edenhope: 10.45am, assemble at cenotaph, corner of Elizabeth Street and Anzac Avenue, for a service.
Harrow: 10.45, short service at RSL clubrooms, Blair Street.
Kaniva: 10.45am, short service at Kaniva cenotaph, Progress Street; after the service, official unveiling of original First World War honour board and morning tea at Kaniva Shire Hall, 15 Baker Street. For more information call Roger Mines, 0458 949 879.
Yarriambiack
Hopetoun:
10.45am, service at Hopetoun RSL sub-branch, followed by morning tea.
Minyip: 11am, service at town square, Main Street.
Murtoa: 11am, service at war memorial gates.
Rupanyup: 10.30am, service at Avenue of Honour memorial, Cromie Street, guest speaker will be Tony Goodwin.
Warracknabeal: 10.30am, service and wreath-laying ceremony at cenotaph in front of post office, Warracknabeal RSL sub-branch president Jake Arnold and Yarriambiack Shire mayor Graeme Massey will speak, school children will sing the national anthem.

Jacci Pirouet and Sally Bertram at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

Jacci Pirouet and Sally Bertram at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

Ray Harris and Lance Clayton at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

Ray Harris and Lance Clayton at a First World War exhibition for Remembrance Day at Horsham RSL.

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