Lest we forget

Maffra Primary School students Harry Spunner and Max Mott, supported by Maffra Primary School junior council members Will Howell, Emily Svenson, Evie Humphris and Henry Noble, prepare to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Maffra War Memorial. Photo: Sam Crothers

Maffra Primary School students Harry Spunner and Max Mott, supported by Maffra Primary School junior council members Will Howell, Emily Svenson, Evie Humphris and Henry Noble, prepare to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Maffra War Memorial. Photo: Sam Crothers

CROWS paused to reflect for Remembrance Day at war memorials across the district.

At Sale's Memorial Hall, the Roulettes passed overhead before a minute's silence, followed by wreath laying by local schools and dignitaries, as well as veterans.

Sale RSL president Geoff Newby touched on the importance of the day in his remarks, as well as supporting veterans from recent wars.

"We have heard today about the massive losses of life in war and that is really horrific, but many of our service men and women survived the war and returned severely scarred emotionally from their experience," he said.

"It is important to recognise that our service personnel, and our emergency service people, do great things for us.

"I ask that for those who have relatives and friends who are service, or ex-service or emergency service people to just ask them, 'how are you going?' to make sure they are really okay.

"Mental health is so very important and goes unchecked too much. We can all help."

Afterwards, a huge mural at the Sale RSL was unveiled, dedicated to remembering Australia's military history.

In Maffra, dozens attended the memorial in Johnson St, before returning the Shelton RSL clubhouse, which is currently raising money for much-needed renovations.

Sale’s Cenotaph is adorned in wreaths to remember the fallen. Photo: Alex Ford

Sale’s Cenotaph is adorned in wreaths to remember the fallen. Photo: Alex Ford

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