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Sacrifices remembered

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November 25, 2017

Attendees at the memorial gates for Remembrance Day.

Padre Don Kaus lead everyone in prayers.

The captains of St Mary's College addressing the audience.

Every year Australians pause on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have served in conflicts.

On this 11th day of November in Seymour about 100 people gathered at the front of the World War One Memorial Gates to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Mr John Blackwell from the Seymour RSL gave a moving address describing the bravery of those who went to World War I and what it means to Australians today.

He also spoke of the armed conflicts and peacekeeping campaigns during the intervening years, and of the continuing loyal and committed service of our men and women in all branches of the Australian Defence Forces.

Padre Don Kaus led everyone in prayers. The captains of St Mary’s College also addressed the gathering, with Keegan Grant providing an inspiring speech on the meaning of Remembrance Day and Ebony Marshall reciting the Flanders Poppy poem originally written by Colonel John McCrae in 1915.

At 11am, one minute of silence was observed in memory of those men and women who have died and suffered in all wars and peacekeeping operations.

The ceremony included official wreath laying and the Ode to the Fallen.

At the closing of the ceremony, attendees were invited to lay poppies for their loved ones who have served.

Mr Blackwell reminded those in attendance that we will never forget the sacrifices of the Anzacs.

— Kim Edwards

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