Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Biggest Remembrance Day service in decades

Mayor Martyn Evans and RSL sub-branch
president Stephen Ball.
ABOUT 100 people attended today's Remembrance Day service in New Norfolk, representing the biggest attendance in several decades. A small group of veterans was supported by Legacy Widows, CWA members, school groups, council staff and the general public.

New Norfolk RSL Sub-Branch president Stephen Ball welcomed those present and spoke of the special significance of the day. "At  11am on the 11th November, 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, ending the First World War. We come here today to remember all those who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and their families."

Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph and a short address was given by Reverend Celia Hooker from St Matthew's Anglican Church. Just before 11am Mr Ball recited the Ode of Remembrance and Arthur Jones from the Derwent Valley Concert Band played the Last Post which led into a minute's silence.

After the singing of the National Anthem the focus shifted to the official opening of Centenary of Anzac Remembrance Garden adjacent to the Cenotaph. Thanking the State Government and Derwent Valley Council for their support of the project, Mr Ball said the roses planted in the garden had been chosen for their special significance. They are the Centenary of Gallipoli Rose and the Peace Rose.

Mr Ball then joined Mayor Martyn Evans in unveiling the Millbrook Rise interpretation panel telling the story of the Derwent Valley's participation in World War I and of the efforts to support soldiers when they returned from the war. Councillor Martyn Evans thanked the following for their assistance with information for the information panel: New Norfolk Historical Information Centre, Warwick Lee from the Army Museum of Tasmania, New Norfolk RSL Sub-branch and Ken O’Brien OAM, as well as Derek Jones for  his work on the design of the board, and Cr Damian Bester and Cr Paul Belcher for their involvement on the working group headed by regional development officer Jess Dallas.

The Millbrook Rise information panel. Click image to enlarge.

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