Remembrance Day 2019 – 101 years on

On Sunday 10 November 2019 the cessation of World War One will be remembered at a ceremony conducted at the Knox War Memorial situated in the Tim Neville Arboretum.

The service will commence at 10.55am and residents and friends are invited to attend. For those wishing to march, ‘form up’ will be at the rotunda in Francis Crescent, Ferntree Gully at 10.45am at the very latest.

Participants in the march are encouraged to wear their medals and/or medals of their relatives who have served in the armed forces.

Remembrance Day, which was originally known as Armistice Day, commemorated the end of hostilities in World War One, with the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Hostilities brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between nine and 13 million people dead, many with no known grave.

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919, one minute’s silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony. After the end of World War Two in 1945, the Australian and British governments changed the name to ‘Remembrance Day’ as an
appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead and injured.

The ceremony in Knox is unique in that it is almost entirely conducted by students from local primary and secondary schools. These students will participate with the readings, wreath laying, raising and lowering of the flags, ably supported by a school choir. The involvement of the younger generation demonstrates an enthusiasm and empathy in remembering this special day.

Everyone is welcome to attend where provision will be made for the public to lay a poppy in remembrance.

For further information contact Ian Roberts 0438 318 404.

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