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Lest we forget: Remembrance Day services in Maroondah

Published on 08 November 2018
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The Maroondah community is being encouraged to take a moment on Remembrance Day this Sunday to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have bravely served our nation in wartime, and to the men and women who continue to serve in military conflict and peacekeeping operations around the world.

The Ringwood and Croydon Returned Services League (RSL) branches will be hosting a number of services to commemorate the day.

This year’s commemorations take on extra significance, marking 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, the historic agreement that led to the end of World War I.

The Ringwood RSL sub-branch will run two simultaneous services, including one at the Ringwood Memorial Clocktower, corner of Maroondah Highway and Ringwood Street, from 10.30am.

For the first time, a stirring rendition of The Last Post will sound at a service to take place at Ringwood Town Square. Following the service, refreshments will be served at the Ringwood RSL, 16 Station Street in Ringwood.

At precisely 5pm at the Clocktower, the Ringwood RSL Pipe Band will play Battle’s O’er, synchronising with pipers in Britain who will play at 6am – the exact time the Armistice was signed. The Battle’s O’er is a poignant tune in the repertoire of pipe bands, signalling the end of the day and recalling the service of British and Commonwealth servicemen and women during World War I.

Visitors to this year’s Maroondah Festival are also encouraged to pay tribute by attending the Croydon RSL’s annual service on James N Stevens Memorial Lawn, Civic Square, Croydon, from 10.45am.

Maroondah Mayor Cr Nora Lamont said these events were an opportunity for the community to reflect on the courage and sacrifices of soldiers past and present.

Cr Lamont will attend the service in Croydon, where she will lay a wreath.

“It will indeed be a great honour to place a wreath on behalf of Council and the Maroondah community during what are important and poignant ceremonies,” Cr Lamont said.

At exactly 11am on Sunday 11 November 2018, the Maroondah Festival will pause for a minute’s silence to honour, thank and remember our nation’s fallen heroes.

Festival-goers are also invited to join in the creation of poppies that will form part of a commemorative ‘poppy field’ installation on the lawns of Town Park, Croydon.

The poppy-making workshop will be located at the Maternal & Child Health tent at Maroondah Festival, to be held from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 11 November, at Town Park, Croydon.

Further information

For more information about Remembrance Day services and activities, contact the Ringwood RSL on 9870 6604 or Croydon RSL on 9723 1315.

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