Charleville RSL sub-branch president George Donohue giving an address at a Remembrance Day service. Picture: Andrew Messenger
Charleville RSL sub-branch president George Donohue giving an address at a Remembrance Day service. Picture: Andrew Messenger

REMEMBRANCE DAY: How you can commemorate in Charleville

FOR more than a century, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Australians have paused to remember the Diggers who served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts.

11.11.11 marks the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the bloodshed of World War I.

The Charleville RSL Sub-branch will be conducting a Remembrance Day commemoration service with a COVID-Safe plan in place so all locals are welcome to attend.

George Donohue, President of the Charleville RSL Sub-branch said the service will start at 10.45am with laying of the wreath at the RSL on Watson St.

A guest speaker, Sean O’Connell who was in the Royal Australian Air Force for a decade and whose parents live in Charleville will speak to the crowd.

Then at 11am will be the minute’s silence to remember those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Followed by the Last Post, Reveille, priest’s prayer, poem and National Anthem.

Mr Donohue said about 50-60 people attend their service, however doesn’t expect that many tomorrow due to the current circumstances.

“I hope the virus goes away next year so we can have the crowds again,” he said.

“We aren’t expecting our usual crowd but it’s still important we commemorate.

“People have to remember that Remembrance Day is not just about World War 1 but every conflict Australia has been in, like Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, peace keeping – there’s a lot of people that have been marked by those.

“Remembrance Day is the one where there was terrible loss of life and it shouldn’t of happened, but it’s just the way wars were fought in those days.

“Australia lost over 60,000 men and a hell of a lot were wounded, it’s a terrible loss to any country.”

The president said it’s important people stop and reflect tomorrow.

“Thank all those involved in wars that we are able to live in the country we can today,” he said.

“But in today’s world, I often think and wonder what did they fight and die for.”


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