2017 Remembrance Day Dubbo ceremony to mark 99th anniversary of World War I Armistice

Honouring sacrifice: Dubbo RSL sub-branch president Tom Gray holds a poppy and encourages people to attend the ceremony. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Honouring sacrifice: Dubbo RSL sub-branch president Tom Gray holds a poppy and encourages people to attend the ceremony. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo RSL sub-branch members and the public are set to gather at the city’s cenotaph on Saturday morning for a solemn Remembrance Day ceremony.

Sub-branch president Tom Gray encouraged the community to come to mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice signing, which brought to a close First World War hostilities. 

The Remembrance Day service was held to commemorate all those who died and suffered in all wars and armed conflicts, he said.

The Dubbo ceremony will take place at the Victoria Park Cenotaph from 10.30 am.

“We’d love to see members of the community turn up for the service, bring their kids along,” Mr Gray said.

“Also, we’d like the public, if they can’t make it to the service, to pause at 11am and remember the fallen.”

Some Remembrance Day poppies will be distributed for free at Dubbo to ex-service personnel and members of public, Mr Gray said.

Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields will officiate at the ceremony.

Darling Street between Wingewarra and Talbragar streets will be closed from 10.15am and reopen at the end of the ceremony.

At Wellington Remembrance Day will be observed at the Cameron Park Cenotaph with a short service at 11.00am.

The Eumungerie-Coboco Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at the Eumungerie Cenotaph from 10.15 am. 

Councillor Greg Mohr will be representing the mayor.

Further afield, the sails of the Sydney Opera House will once again light up with red poppies to mark Remembrance Day and to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the projection of the Flanders poppy on to an iconic Australian landmark reinforces the respect and appreciation that the community has for our service personnel.

“On Saturday, we mark the 99th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a conflict that devastated so many Australian families,” Mr Elliott said.

“At 11am we will remember the 60,000 Australian men and women who served their nation, and also acknowledge the tens of thousands of Australians who have served in conflicts since.”

“The Flanders poppy is a symbol of sacrifice and loss. For those who served on the battlefields of France and Belgium, the poppies were a familiar sight and they are strongly associated with Armistice Day.

“It is fitting that our most iconic building will be used to honour the bravery and sacrifice of so many, reinforcing our respect and appreciation of Australia’s service personnel.”

The lighting of the sails will take place on Saturday, 11 November from 8pm to 1am Sunday 12 November.

In Canberra Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will deliver a commemorative address at the Australian War Memorial on Saturday.

His speech will be followed by one minute's silence and a laying of floral tributes at the memorial's Hall of Memory.

In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australia Post has paid tribute to Australian women, past and present, and their contribution during times of war with the release of a new stamp issue.

Current members of the ADF standing on the steps of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance with oversized stamp replicas (L-R) Able Seaman Medical (ABMED) Lillie Heymann – Navy; Corporal (CPL) Amelia Hagger – Army; Squadron Leader
(SQNLDR) Evelyn Wright – Air Force; Leading Seaman (LS) Zoraya Tibos – Navy; Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Robyn Connell – Air Force. Photo contributed.

Current members of the ADF standing on the steps of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance with oversized stamp replicas (L-R) Able Seaman Medical (ABMED) Lillie Heymann – Navy; Corporal (CPL) Amelia Hagger – Army; Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Evelyn Wright – Air Force; Leading Seaman (LS) Zoraya Tibos – Navy; Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Robyn Connell – Air Force. Photo contributed.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said: “This stamp issue, the fourth in a series commemorating a century since World War I, acknowledges the important roles women have played in war and conflict.”

Prior to and including World War I, the involvement of women in conflict zones was almost entirely limited to nursing.

In World War II, women served in the nursing corps of the Navy, Army and Air Force, with other roles also open to women, including the Women’s Land Army and the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force.

Today all roles in the ADF are open to women.