Young generation’s words honour heroic deeds

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Narrogin Senior High School students laying their wreath.
Camera IconNarrogin Senior High School students laying their wreath.

The Narrogin community gathered at Memorial Park on Monday to honour the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

This year marks 101 years since the World War I armistice and more than 130 people stood silent at 11am to honour those who served.

An estimated 130 people were in attendance.
Camera IconAn estimated 130 people were in attendance.

Narrogin RSL president Ries Chattillon said he was pleased with this year’s service despite the crowd being smaller than normal.

“I’m very happy with the turnout but disappointed in one sense because normally we have more students, but it was very late when we sent letters to the schools inviting them down,” Mr Chattillon said.

Raising of the Australian and New Zealand flags.
Camera IconRaising of the Australian and New Zealand flags.

Mr Chattillon also expressed appreciation for the student speakers who represented Narrogin’s five schools.

“I’m very pleased and the speeches the students made were fantastic,” he said.

“They research (the history) themselves with assistance from teachers and every year it amazes me.”

Mr Chattillon said Remembrance Day should be important to the youth of today.

“We try and instil in the youth that what actually happened 101 years ago. Overall there’s around 100,000 to 200,000 Australian men and women that have died in all wars,” he said.

“Today I was very pleased and Mr Harrison from Narrogin Primary School did a wonderful job with the PA system and a lot of thanks goes to him for making it a success.”

The symbolism of the wreath dates back to when ancient Romans used them to crown victors and the brave as a mark of honour
Camera IconThe symbolism of the wreath dates back to when ancient Romans used them to crown victors and the brave as a mark of honour

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