City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch members Darryl Hawke (left) and Chas Clifford are encouraging people to buy a poppy for Remembrance Day.
City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch members Darryl Hawke (left) and Chas Clifford are encouraging people to buy a poppy for Remembrance Day.

Gone but not forgotten

City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch member Darryl Hawke wishes WWI had been the war to end all wars.

He said Remembrance Day is primarily a day to pay respects to the young men and women who paid the supreme sacrifice in WWI and all following conflicts. But he said it’s also a chance to take a personal moment to think about the futility of war.

“It’s a chance to reflect on what we can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “You ask anybody who’s served – you’re trained for something you hope you never have to do.”

Next Wednesday marks 91 years since the signing of the Armistice and the end of fighting on the western front – forever making the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a time to remember those who died in war.

A special Remembrance Day service will be held at the Lismore cenotaph next Wednesday, where there will be a wreath laying and a minute’s silence. People are asked to be at the cenotaph at 10.30am for the start of the ceremony at 10.40am.

The City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch is also selling poppies and Remembrance Day merchandise to provide ongoing welfare to local veterans and their families. Look out for poppy sellers at Lismore Square, Goonellabah Shopping Centre, Wyrallah Rd shops, the CBD and industrial areas from today (Thursday, November 5) until next Tuesday, November 10.

More volunteers are always needed to sell poppies. If you can lend a hand, phone the Sub-Branch on 6621 3851 between 8am and 11am Monday to Friday.


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