Jeanette McLaughlin lays a wreath in memory of the fallen at the Armistice Day service in Coolangatta yesterday.
Jeanette McLaughlin lays a wreath in memory of the fallen at the Armistice Day service in Coolangatta yesterday.

Armistice Day waning - attendances down at most ceremonies



IT was a pity the general public no longer observed Remembrance Day as they did in the past when it was widely treated as a national day of mourning, Murwillumbah RSL subbranch president Derek Simms said yesterday.

But he told the gathering of just over 100 people at the Murwillumbah Cenotaph that he also prayed nothing would ever happen to bring the day back to such public attention.

Mr Simms recalled when traffic stopped, radios went silent and the population around the country paused for two minutes silence to remember those fallen in war.

But at Murwillumbah yesterday, although some carpark traffic stopped in respect of the nearby ceremony, other drivers continued through the carpark and traffic on nearby Tumbulgum Road passed by.

In some workplaces work continued as normal.

Mr Simms said members of the public often asked him why Remem- brance Day commemorations should be held in addition to those on Anzac Day.

He said while Anzac Day recalled the landing of troops at Gallipoli and the exploits of service men and women in all wars, Remembrance Day was to especially remember those who had paid the supreme sacrifice.

Guest speaker at the service this year was Daily News editor Andrew Rennie.

Mr Sims said Mr Rennie had been invited to talk because this year not only marked 90 years since the start of World War I but also 90 years since the local Tweed newspaper, now the Daily News, became a daily paper, in those days bringing news of the war in Europe and Egypt.

Mr Rennie said he was humbled by the part the newspaper had played in keeping the Tweed in touch with World War I. Yesterday's service was led by Murwillumbah Anglican priest Father Harry Reuss with music by the Murwillumbah High School Band.



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