Ingleburn’s Memorial Garden was beautifully decorated with hundreds of felt poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice in a solemn ceremony today.
A strong crowd filled the garden and spilled into the car park to pay their respects to the brave men and women who risked their lives to defend Australian shores in conflicts across the world.
Blue skies and fierce sunshine made the Remembrance Day ceremony one to remember for the gathered crowd.
The event included the traditional hymns, prayers and flag-raising but also included a stirring speech from Major Riddle, the guest speaker on the day.
Major Riddle spoke in his Commemorative Address of the debt we, as Australians, owe to the service men and women who came before us – to share their stories and history and ensure we never forget.
“We are gathered here not to glorify war, but to remember and learn from it,” he said.
“We give thanks to the 102,000 Australians who have made sacrifices in service of our nation.
“We are deeply indebted to those who willingly put their lives on the line to protect our nation.”
Major Riddle said we pause to honour not just those men and women we’ve lost in war, but also their families and their comrades who came home to face terrible struggles.
He spoke of the foundation of Remembrance Day – originally called Armistice Day – in 1919, one year after the end of World War I.
An Australian journalist first suggested the idea in a British newspaper and the day was soon decreed one of remembrance by King George VI.
The Ingleburn ceremony was also served by the 309 Air Force Squadron, the Catafalque Party, flag-bearers and a host of Ingleburn RSL Sub-Branch members who ensured the event ran smoothly.
The dismounting of the official parties drew tremendous applause from the audience, who recognised the difficulty of standing to attention in the hot weather.
The lone bugler sounded The Last Post and Reveille, instructing the crowd to observe a minute’s silence.
Though there were young children at the event, only the squawking of birds and gentle rustle of the wind in the leaves could be heard during the commemorative pause.
The event also included the traditional laying of wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph, with guests representing a variety of community groups, organisations and schools.
Lest We Forget.