Sacrifice & bravery honoured
The Pilbara community gathered last Wednesday to pay their respects and honour the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
This year marked 102 years since the World War I armistice and more than 100 people stood silent at the Karratha RSL at 11am to remember those who served.
The memorial day is embraced by countries in the Commonwealth on November 11 each year, recognising the formal end of the war. Karratha police, the Pilbara Regiment, City of Karratha, SES, St John Ambulance, the Autumn Club and local schools were among local representatives who joined residents for the tribute at the RSL.
Karratha RSL sub-branch president Noel Wright said it was important for the memory to be kept alive and passed on to younger generations.
“We have a great focus here at the RSL on trying to involve children. It is fantastic having the kids here today from the schools and the message is getting through,” he said.
“We’ve got to be really careful with our world. There are wars happening all over the place and we probably can’t stop them but we’ve just got to make sure we remember the torment, the sacrifice, the pain that goes along with it.
“These soldiers that we send over there get ruined for life. It ruins them. If they happen to come back with all their arms and legs, that’s fine, but a lot of them don’t ever come back quite properly again.”
Services were also held in the Shire of Ashburton in Onslow and at Tom Price Senior High School as well as at the Exmouth Cenotaph.
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