2017 Remembrance Day at Dubbo brings young and old together

A bugle playing the Last Post, wreaths and a minute’s silence to remember Dubbo’s sons and daughters who lost their lives or suffered in war.

Men and women who served their country banded together once more as the city marked Remembrance Day.

Community members, air force and army cadets and school students also came to the Dubbo Cenotaph to the commemorate the fallen.

On a peaceful day at Dubbo there was reflection on the November morning 99 years earlier when the Armistice was signed, bringing an end to the carnage of World War I.

At 11am those at Dubbo’s ceremony paused and remembered the sacrifice of all Australians in all wars and armed conflicts throughout the decades.

Dubbo RSL sub-branch secretary Bill Greenwood recited the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.

Replicas of the poppies alluded to in the poem were worn in tribute by attendees.

A century later, students of schools in the Dubbo region are composing verses to remember the fallen.

Two participants in the Dubbo RSL Sub-Branch’s competition, ‘Australia My Country’ were invited to share their poems at the ceremony.

Wongarbon Public School’s Allison Rice read her composition ‘The Soul of the Dead’ and Ballimore Public’s Kayla Chatfield delivered her ‘A Soldier and a Girl’.