Out in force: Marchers line up in front of the cenotaph for the Remembrance Day service.
Out in force: Marchers line up in front of the cenotaph for the Remembrance Day service.

Coffs contingent remembers

“VICTORY comes only at considerable cost to the individuals engaged,” Mick Farrell told the crowd at yesterday’s Remembrance Day service in Coffs Harbour.

Many of the estimated 200 people at the service could verify the Korean War veteran’s comments, with survivors and their families from almost every conflict involving Australia from World War II onwards attending the event.

Thirty guests from Port Macquarie swelled the ranks of those who marched in Coffs Harbour on the 92nd anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I, ‘the war to end all wars’.

Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch president Bob Payne said the ex-services group had decided to spend a week in Coffs Harbour and attend the service during their visit.

Those at the cenotaph yesterday included World War II 7th Division veteran Malcolm Wallace, who did not wear his medals because he has given them to his son, and World War II Air Force veteran John Whelan, who was in Darwin when thousands of bombs rained down on the tropical city in February, 1942, in the only wartime attack on mainland Australia.

Prominent in yesterday’s Remembrance Day services at Coffs Harbour were the members of Coffs Harbour RSL Women’s Auxiliary, whose organisation marks 75 years of service today.

President Sheila Farrell said although people might think the auxiliary’s role would have changed in three-quarters of a century, it was not necessarily so.

“In the 1940s soldiers’ comfort was a main concern and the making of socks to send to the front took precedence,” Mrs Farrell said.

“Comfort has also been given closer to home, with the making of woollen knee rugs for those in Legacy.”

Mrs Farrell said the auxiliary was always looking for new members, who could be a relative or friend of a service person at home or away.

Interested people can contact Mrs Farrell on 6651 5809.



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