Lest We Forget
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The battlefields of France and Belgium brought staggering losses to families across Australia yet the Western Front’s defeats and victories are generally less well known than the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
That’s now changing with events in France and Belgium commemorating the centenary of Western Front battles.
The terrible toll on Flanders fields came near the end of Australia’s most tragic year in the First World War. In 1917, Australia suffered 76,000 casualties in France and Belgium, of whom 22,000 were dead or missing.
More than 295,000 Australians served in France and Belgium at a time when Australia’s population was just 4.9 million. Casualties of trench warfare from 1916 to 1918 surpassed 181,000 with 46,000 lives lost, 130,000 wounded and 4000 taken prisoner.
The Remembrance Day Service will be held in Civic Park at the Cenotaph, the service shall commence at 11:00am with a fly over by the RAAF at 11:02am. Master of Ceremonies Mr Stephen Finney (OAM, JP), shall conduct the service and the Ode of Remembrance, with the Last Post and the Rouse played by Capt Graeme Reynolds.
The Lord’s Prayer is conduct by the Dean of Newcastle Katherine Bowyer. The students of Newcastle East Public School will Address the Service and Provide the Choir.
The Public are invite to lay tributes at the conclusion of the service.