Remembrance Day service in Port

CEREMONY: The 46 Army Cadets Unit and the TS Augusta Navy Cadets assisted the Port Augusta RSL with running the Remembrance Day service in Gladstone Square.
CEREMONY: The 46 Army Cadets Unit and the TS Augusta Navy Cadets assisted the Port Augusta RSL with running the Remembrance Day service in Gladstone Square.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day, locals gathered in Gladstone Square to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

The Returned and Services League Port Augusta sub-branch provided the service with assistance of the 46 Army Cadets Unit and the TS Augusta Navy Cadets.

Attendees congregated around a poppy clad cross in the middle of the square as the national anthem played. 

The ceremony then proceeded with words of remembrance, a prayer of remembrance and peace and the mayor's address.

Wreaths were placed in front of memorial placards as floral tributes from different parties.

Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Mayor Sam Johnson, State Emergency Services representatives, war veterans and the White family all made contributions.

The last post sounded and hundreds stood in silence for the ode of remembrance, the red poppy scattered on shirts throughout the crowd.

Port Augusta RSL President Arno Swartze said the day was well received on all accounts.

“There’s a lot of people who were involved in different conflicts in Port Augusta and it is just a good time for them to get together, reflect and remember,” Mr Swartze said.

“We try to get the cadets involved in all of our ceremonies, it’s not always possible but as much as we can we try to get them involved. It just gives them a bit of insight into what’s going on in the real world.”

Mr Swartze said the importance of the day is to ensure the younger generation keep the tradition going and continue remember those who have fought and died for Australia.

“I would like to see some of the schools get involved, I think that would be a good contribution. If the schools got involved that would certainly help,” he said.