Soldiers honoured at Remembrance Day services

Lest we forget: People representing a variety of organisations laid wreathes at the two Remembrance Day services in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett
Lest we forget: People representing a variety of organisations laid wreathes at the two Remembrance Day services in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett

There was a sea of people and red poppies as hundreds gathered for Remembrance Day services throughout Campbelltown on Saturday morning.

A couple of hundred gathered at Mawson Park in Campbelltown as part of the Campbelltown RSL Sub-branch’s annual service.

Sub-branch president Dutchy Holland said he expected to see an even bigger crowd next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

“It (the armistice) marked the end of WWI and the signing of the treaty,” he said.

“It’s an important day so I’m hoping next year will be even bigger.”

Following the service a function was held at Campbelltown RSL Club. Mr Holland, who has attended services for decades, said he even saw a first at the club.

“There was two-up there. I’ve never seen that before so that was a bit of a novelty,” he said.

Further north, hundreds gathered at the Ingleburn RSL Sub-branch Memorial Garden for another service.

Ingleburn’s RSL Sub-branch president and RSL NSW vice president Ray James said he was “extremely pleased” to see a large crowd – particularly the number of students who represented their schools.

“The number of schools that turned up on Saturday was unreal,” he said.

“It was encouraging to see the local community turn out in large numbers to commemorate these events (including Anzac Day) each year.”

Local MPs, schools and organisations – including legacy and the women’s auxilary – all laid wreathes as a tribute to those soldier who had died serving their country.

Mr Holland said he was also pleased to see a lot of young faces in the crowd.

“I’m always happy to see young people because let’s face it, they are our future,” he said.

Ray James.

Ray James.