Moving Service for Remembrance Day held at Medowie

School, RSL and Council representatives at this year’s Medowie RSL Remembrance Day service.
School, RSL and Council representatives at this year’s Medowie RSL Remembrance Day service.

 

THIS year’s Remembrance Day service at Medowie, hosted by Medowie RSL Sub Branch, was well attended, with attendees partaking in a very moving service.

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On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.

Wreaths were laid by Medowie Christian School, Medowie Public School, Kate Washington, the RSL Ladies Auxiliary, Medowie Lions and Medowie & Tilligerry News Of The Area.

This year’s service reflected upon the sacrifice of our serving Men and Women, and what that means to a community like Medowie that are so supportive of our armed forces.

Chaplain Deal spoke to the crow in attendance about peace with God and Jesus Christ’s “example of how to live sacrificially for one another – something we have sadly seen time and time again, and continue to see, as young men and women go off to fight wars and protect our peace.”

Attendees to the service were presented with small red poppies on behalf of the Medowie Sub Branch RSL and the Medowie RSL Women’s Auxiliary.

The Red Poppy has special significance for Australians.

Whilst serving in the first world war, a soldier Major McCrae vented his anguish at the death of a close friend by composing a poem.

He wrote it in pencil on a page from his despatch book, a now iconic poem that has come to be known as ‘Flanders’ Field’.

Now worn on Remembrance Day each year, the red poppies were one of the first plants and flowers to come back after Flanders’ field and many other battlefields were devastated.

It is hoped that continual coverage of the wonderful work of Medowie Sub Branch RSL and the Women’s auxiliary will result in an increase in crowd and attendance numbers to commemorate these very special days.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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