2019 Journey of Remembrance

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2019 Journey of Remembrance

We will remember them.

Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, commemorates the end of WWI through the signing of the armistice which occurred on November 11, 1918 - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

In the four years of the war, more than 330,000 Australians served overseas and more than 60,000 of them died. It remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties.

Last year we asked the community for their help to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice and an incredible 10,000 hand-crafted poppies flooded in. We recieved poppies from children right through to members of our veteran community.

The response to the installation was heart-warming, so this Remembrance Day we wanted to display the amazing efforts of our community once again, honouring all those who have served, past and present.

Customers were also able to donate at any time during our Remembrance Day Exhibition through the Poppy Appeal donation portal or they could purchase merchandise from one of our friendly RSL volunteers on weekends. The Poppy Appeal supports veterans and their families by providing specialist services like crisis accommodation and health and wellbeing programs.

On Monday 11 November, we hosted a short service at the Poppy Tree to conclude our commemorative activities.

Thank you to all members of the community who attended the service, planted a poppy and joined us as we took you on a journey of remembrance through the centre.