Geraldton pauses for remembrance day

Edward ScownGeraldton Guardian
Mark Long in WWI Army dress stands sentry over the centoaph
Camera IconMark Long in WWI Army dress stands sentry over the centoaph

A healthy crowd appeared at Birdwood House to honour the fallen as services throughout Australia commemorated on Remembrance Day.

The service was a short one, with speeches from Navy veteran April Herbert, and RSL President Barry Stinson before a three-plane flyover lead by Paul Pettet of the Geraldton Aero Club.

Workers in the area stood outside their offices, and passing children stopped by the cenotaph to hear the Ode, and observe a minute’s silence.

Wreaths were laid by the RSL, Champion Bay High School, and local army cadets.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the RAAF, which stationed thousands of men in Geraldton during World War Two.

November 19th also marks the 80th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Sydney, which will be commemorated with its own service at the Gummer Ave memorial.

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