Hope for more remembrance

DUBBO RSL Sub Branch president Tom Gray hopes more people will attend the city's 2012 Remembrance Day service because it is on a weekend.

The annual commemoration often falls on a weekday morning, limiting community participation.

This year the sub branch and Dubbo City Council is eager for the community to take part in the morning service on Sunday at the cenotaph in Victoria Park.

Mayor Mathew Dickerson is also encouraging the laying of wreaths.

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Each year Australians observe one-minute silence at 11am on November 11, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

More than 103,000 Australians have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Traditionally run by the council, the city's service on Sunday will be preceded by a morning tea for both current and former servicemen and women.

It will be held in the Oxley Room of Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre from 10am to 10.20am.

A march to the cenotaph is planned to coincide with a 10.30am start to the service, where the district winners in the RSL Australia My Country writing competition for children will be announced.

Schools have been conducting their own ceremonies in the lead-up to Sunday.

About 250 students of Dubbo North Primary School honoured the fallen yesterday at a service organised and conducted by their student representative council.

Guests of honour were sub branch members, including Mr Gray.

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