Residents reflect across region

Support local, independent journalism

The SE Voice is the Limestone Coast’s only fully digital publication. Locally owned & operated, we deliver all the latest news & sport direct to your fingertips. We're run by a creative team of local journalists all based in the region. News as we know has changed - we're delivering it first and free. Thank you for your support in keeping local news alive.

Lechelle Earl, owner/editor

Residents reflect across region

Limestone Coast residents paused on Saturday for Remembrance Day to pay their respects for the service and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought for the nation.

A host of services took place across the region including in Mount Gambier, Penola, Millicent, Southend, Robe, Lucindale, Naracoorte, Penola, Coonawarra and Kalangadoo.

This year marked 105 years since the signing of the Armistice to mark the end of World War I with the Treaty of Versailles finalised six months later.

The Mount Gambier Service took place at the Vansittart Park Soldiers Memorial, conducted by Pastor Dave Sigley in conjunction with Mount Gambier RSL president Bob Sandow and vice president Peter Bruhn.

The Ode this year was recited by Compton Primary School teacher Shirley Roulstone who, along with her husband Graeme, looked after the local late World War II veterans for numerous years.

Mr Sandow said there were around 750 people in attendance in the Blue Lake city as the sun shone overhead.

“I was extremely pleased with the way it went,” he said.

“It looked to be a good covering of people around the area, we had about nine schools participate.

“I was pleased that Shirley was able to recite The Ode and thanks to Shirley for what she did for our veterans.

“The RSL would like to thank those who attended the service in commemoration of the fallen.”

Mr Sandow spoke about the significance of the Vansittart Park Soldiers Memorial which celebrated its centenary in October last year.

Mount Gambier Deputy Mayor Max Bruins delivered the community address of behalf of Mayor Lynette Martin OAM in her absence.

The Mount Gambier Fire Brigade sounded the siren commencing and concluding the one-minute silence which started at 11am.

The RSL Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band performed a rendition of Amazing Grace prior to the National Anthem and the bugle for the Last Post was played by Salvation Army Mount Gambier and Millicent core leader Tim Frost.

Wreaths were laid at the service by organisations including by students from nine local schools and the South Australian branch of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia who placed a wreath in honour of late Mount Gambier Veteran Tony Casadio.

For the first time, the Blue Lake city received a flyover by the Royal Australian Air Force to commemorate the occasion with a Poseidon P-8A travelling from the East over Commercial Street at 12.20pm.

Why wait? Get more stories like this delivered straight to your inbox
Join our digital edition mailing list and stay up to date on the latest news, events and special announcements from across the Limestone Coast.

Your local real estate guide - every Thursday


You might also like