Narrogin students set to honour Australian soldiers at Remembrance Day service

Isabel VieiraNarrogin Observer
Narrogin’s RSL President Ries Chattillon.
Camera IconNarrogin’s RSL President Ries Chattillon. Credit: Isabel Vieira / Narrogin Observer/Isabel Vieira

People of all ages will pause to pay their respects to Australians who fought for their country at Thursday’s Remembrance Day service in Narrogin.

The town will fall silent at 11am on November 11, when the guns fell silent on the Western Front in 1918 during World War I.

The service at Memorial Park will mark the 103rd anniversary of the armistice between the Allied forces and Germany.

It is scheduled to start at 10.45am with a wreath laying ceremony followed by the recital of the Ode of Remembrance.

Musician Emily Ballantyne, who has bugled on the shores of Gallipoli, will return to her hometown of Narrogin to play the Last Post.

Narrogin’s RSL sub-branch president Ries Chattillon, pictured above, said each of Narrogin’s five local schools had nominated a student to speak at this year’s service.

“After us oldies get up and speak the students will present a speech about what Remembrance Day is and what happened,” he said.

“They often do some research on soldiers from Narrogin as we have quite a few well known soldiers listed on the memorial.

“They really do their research and it always seems to amaze me what they come up with.”

Mr Chattillon said it was vital the younger generation were involved in the RSL service to help keep the memories of fallen soldiers alive.

“It’s important that the younger generation learn what Remembrance Day is all about,” Mr Chattillon said.

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