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Commemorating 100 years of Armistice

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8 November 2018 - Media Release

Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018 as we commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. Ceremonies will be held across Cumberland on Sunday 11 November to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice.

Photo opportunities are available at the below Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday 11 November 2018:

  • 11am: Granville RSL Sub Branch, Granville Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Granville
  • 2pm: Granville Historical Society, 1A Enid Avenue, Memorial Park Pool, Granville
  • 11am: Merrylands RSL Sub Branch, Remembrance Park, Arcadia Street, Merrylands
  • 11am: Lidcombe RSL Sub Branch, Joseph Street, Lidcombe
  • 11am: Cumberland RSL Sub Branch, Auburn Memorial Park, corner Station Street and Rawson Road, Auburn

Mayor Greg Cummings said it is important for all generations of Australians to acknowledge the sacrifice and honour the memory of those who have served.

“In just four years of war more than 330,000 Australians served and more than 60,000 died,” Mayor Cummings said.

“Observing the one minutes silence on Remembrance Day is an opportunity to honour the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have represented Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

“This year we mark 100 years of Armistice but the effects of the war can still be seen at memorials with the names of those who lost their lives.

“In Cumberland we have a strong veteran history and we continue to honour that legacy with monuments and cenotaphs across the region dedicated to the memory of those who have served.

“All wars sadly bring with it stories of hardship, sorrow and sacrifice, many of which go untold. To honour these stories as part of the Cumberland Libraries Oral Histories Project, three Cumberland locals and war veterans, Charles Munnery, Eric Tweedale and Fred Walker shared their personal experiences of life in Cumberland and serving in wars.

“I also encourage residents to read a wonderful new book, released by Holroyd Local History Research, called The Prospect and Sherwood Soldiers’ Memorial, which captures the stories of 51 local servicemen whose names are inscribed on the WWI Memorial in Remembrance Park, Merrylands.”

Find out more about the Cumberland Libraries Oral Histories Project and The Prospect and Sherwood Soldiers’ Memorial at cumberland.nsw.gov.au/oral-histories-remembrance-day or visit one of our libraries.