Marking 100 years of Remembrance Day in Canowindra

Canowindra residents are invited to attend the town’s Remembrance Day on November 11, 2018.

The Canowindra RSL sub-Branch in conjunction with Canowindra High School will be holding a Remembrance Day Service in Memorial Park from 10.30am.

At 5am on the morning of November 11, 1918 an armistice was signed in a railroad car parked in a French forest near the front lines.

The terms of the agreement called for the cessation of fighting along the entire Western Front to begin at precisely 11am on 11th November.

After over four years of bloody conflict, the Great War was at an end.

From an Australian population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed or taken prisoner.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary the main street is decorated with red poppies which have become a symbol of remembrance.

Canowindra Soldiers Memorial Hospital was built in 1921 as a memorial to the brave men from the Canowindra district who answered the call to fight.

This is why the foyer of Canowindra’s hospital is home to two marble honour rolls bearing in gold the names of the 260 men who volunteered to serve in the Great War, 60 of whom made the supreme sacrifice.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice and to acknowledge the importance of the hospital as a memorial, Canowindra RSL sub-Branch  are creating a new seated area in the grounds of the hospital which will be officially opened at 11.30 on Sunday, November 11.

The RSL sub-Branch will not be selling badges this year but are hoping to sell them again next ANZAC Day.