Remembering the ultimate sacrifice

The community will pause for a short time on Tuesday to remember the sacrifices of armed forces and civilians during times of war as part of Remembrance Day.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute of silence will hang in the air at cenotaphs in the Latrobe Valley.

Morwell RSL president Bruce Jeffrey said the club had been busy selling poppies and Anzac Day badges in Morwell, Churchill, Yinnar, Boolarra and Hazelwood North in the lead-up to the day.

He said he had been selling poppies since 1998 and stressed a strong need for veteran support in the community.

“We’re mainly helping our younger veterans who are having trouble with post-traumatic stress,” Mr Jeffrey said.

“We’re helping them in any way that we can, and that’s where all the money goes to.”

He said Remembrance Day, once known as ‘Armistice Day’ – recognised in Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States – was a time to remember those who died in World War I.

Today, the day recognises anyone who has served for their country.

“It’s important that we remember what our men and women have done for the country, they’ve done more for this country than any politician,” Mr Jeffrey said.

Traralgon RSL president Maurie Harrison said it was a day that we remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that Australia would be a free country.

“On this day we remember all those that gave their lives and that’s why we have the poppy, it’s a symbol of sacrifice,” Mr Harrison said.

The same view was shared by Moe RSL president Ray Watson.

“The significance of Remembrance Day, like Anzac Day, is to commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Morwell service will begin at 10.40am, with a wreath laying service at 10.45am.

The Traralgon RSL will host three services beginning at 10.30am, encompassing Glengarry and Rosedale.

The Traralgon service will be held in Kay Street, the Glengarry service in Main Street and Rosedale service in Lyons Street respectively.

The Moe RSL will host a service at 10.45am at the cenotaph in Albert Street, before a minute silence at 11am and a wreath laying ceremony.

A light luncheon will also be offered to service people and affiliate members and guests of the RSL president.