In remembrance of our soldiers
LIVES lost in war will be remembered across the Coffs Coast today during Remembrance Day services.
Observed in Australia and other Commonwealth countries to mark the anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Western Front in the First World War, veterans will lead a minute's silence at 11am on November 11 for the 96th commemoration.
The day is symbolised by the wearing of red poppies, in memory of the more than 102,000 Australians whose lives have been lost in conflicts and other operations, and Returned and Services League state president Don Rowe has asked the public to give support to the Poppy Day Appeal, which provides funds for veterans who are suffering and families in need, including the dependants of those who lost their lives.
"Only this week we have heard of the plight of young veterans - men and women in their 20s and 30s - who are struggling to cope with the return to civilian life after tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and Timor," Mr Rowe said.
"They are facing challenges of mental illness and substance abuse and are turning in increasing numbers to RSL LifeCare for assistance. These are the people who need our help now and who will benefit from the Poppy Day Appeal.
"Wear the poppy not as a token gesture but as a sacred duty to honour those who have played such a significant part in our nation's history."
Coffs RSL sub-branch president Bob Payne said following services veterans will share a drink, a yarn and a bite to eat at C.ex Coffs.
"We will form up for the march to the cenotaph at 10.40am then observe a minute's silence at 11am. The service should finish about 11.30am," Mr Payne said.
Remembrance Day will be marked in some way at most towns on the Coffs Coast.
At Sawtell, residents are invited to form up at Lyle Rose Memorial Park at 10.45am.
Woolgoolga's Remembrance Day event will be held at the Woolgoolga RSL from 10.45am at the cenotaph.
In Urunga people are asked to form up at 10.40am at the cenotaph.