Crowds gather across Wellington SHire to mark Remembrance Day

Group Captain Dennis Tan from RAAF Base, East Sale, lays a wreath. Remembrance day 2019 was commemorated at RSLs across Wellington Shire.
Group Captain Dennis Tan from RAAF Base, East Sale, lays a wreath. Remembrance day 2019 was commemorated at RSLs across Wellington Shire.

CROWDS gathered on Monday at cenotaphs and RSLs across Wellington Shire to mark Remembrance Day and commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in conflict.

At 11am, a one-minute silence was held across the country.

November 11, 2019, first known as Armistice Day before it was changed to Remembrance Day after the Second World War, marks 101 years since the end of the First World War. On that day in 1918, fighting on the Western Front ceased after four years of continuous warfare.

In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 had died.

At Sale Memorial Hall, the ceremony included a formal wreath laying attended by veterans, their families, local council and state government representatives, school students, and other local residents.

Sale RSL president Marty Tanzer said the RSL was honoured to remember those who served, including the many men and women who had a connection to Gippsland, such as Sister May Hennessy, whose name will be added to Sale Cenotaph after the receipt of recent government funding.

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