18 November, 2020
Longreach commemorates Remembrance Day
ON THE ELEVENTH hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, crowds gathered at Longreach’s Edkins Park on Wednesday morning of last week to commemorate and remember Australian soldiers who fell in the line of active duty protecting their nation.
And as their sacrifice was being honoured, it was acknowledged nationally that more than 3,000 servicemen and women are currently deployed on Australian Defence Force operations overseas, as well as those serving at home, supporting the Federal Government's response to Covid-19.
inception in 1919, Remembrance Day, originally known as Armistice Day, has
given Australians the opportunity to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers particularly
during World War One which ended on November 11, 1918.
Conducted by the Longreach RSL Sub-branch, more than 100 people attended the memorial service as local veterans and representatives from schools, emergency services and community organisations paid their respects by heeding The Last Post, observing a minute’s silence, and laying wreaths on the war memorial.
Following performances of the Australian and New Zealand national anthems, attendees were invited to the Longreach RSL Memorial Services Club for light refreshments.