Remembrance Day 2022
The Remembrance Day Service this year commemorated 104 years since the end of World War One. On this day at the 11th Hour on 11th November, we pause to remember over 60,000 Australians who never returned from that war. The Australian sacrifice in this war was the greatest our county would ever pay in wartime. More than 76,000 Australians were killed, wounded, or were missing.
We remember the duty of the ANZAC Soldiers which was to fight and die for the values and freedoms we all enjoy today. They were volunteers who answered the call of their country,
a country that will be forever grateful. The First World War was supposed to have ended all future wars. The 104 years since the end of World War One shows how sadly wrong that statement was.
In 1997 the Governor General, Sir William Dean issued a proclamation formally declaring that 11th November be known as Remembrance Day and urging all Australians to observe 1 minute’s silence at 11.00am on 11th November each year to remember all those who died or suffered for Australia in all wars and conflicts.
On this day, the Club remembers as members and community come together to commemorate the sacrifice of all Australians affected by war.
We were honoured on the day to have in attendance Fairfield City Council Mayor Frank Carbone and Ms. Melinda Boutkasaka representing Dai Le Federal Member for Fowler. President Bach Phan President of the NSW ARVN Association, William Roberts, OAM, JP National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Representative from the Fairfield City Police Command, and members of the Vietnamese Elderly Friendship Association. Military support for the service was provided by Chaplain Jeffry Deuble, Unit Support Chaplain, Department of Defence – Sydney and the Catafalque Guard from 142 Signal Squadron. Cabramatta High school and Canley Vale High school contributed to the service with the Poem of Remembrance “In Flanders Field “and read letters from a soldier on the front line in France circa 1914.
The wreath lay service was conducted by Vice President Ronnie Moore, with Director Shane Burette reading the Olde and the closing address was delivered by the Club President Les Eldridge who recited the address of the Unknown Soldier (Eulogy given by former Prime Minister Paul Keating 1993).
Lest we Forget