Monday, 14 November 2011

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Sunday has just been commemorated in the UK, so I thought I'd take the opportunity for a quick catch up post.

Remembrance Day was commemorated here in Australia on the 11th November (Friday), the anniversary of armistice. It was a lovely day out so I decided to take a much needed break from my market sewing and headed off to the local town of Kilmore. A small crowd gathered at the Hudson Park War Memorial for the ceremony; the recitation of 'In Flanders fields' by J.M. McCrae (1872–1918) and the Last Post (bugle call); and to observe one minute silence - a custom suggested by Melbourne journalist and First World War veteran Edward George Honey.

Here are some pics of my day...

A white cedar soldier guards the Kilmore cenotaph,
carved by local chainsaw artist Ray 'Redgum' McLean
The medals of a highly commended ex-serviceman.
Roses, poppies and rosemary - for remembrance - on the cenotaph.
'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.'

- The Ode, extract from For the fallen
  by Laurence Binyon (1869–1943).  

- Tamara

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