We will always remember them

We will always remember them

Local residents lay wreaths and observe a minute's silence.

Hundreds of residents across the southeast metropolitan district gathered together at war memorials to observe a minute’s silence in honour of the lives lost.

Following the end of the war to end all wars, the world was left shocked and devastated by the sheer loss of human life.

Nearly 100 years later, the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in past wars and those still serving is observed on November 11, Remembrance Day.

The Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL, Gosnells RSL and City of Armadale RSL held services on Saturday at the 11th hour.

Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL president Ric Giblett said it was important to show that those who paid the ultimate sacrifice would always be remembered.

“It was the war to end all wars,” he said.

“The cost of lives was very high and just about everybody in Australia at that time was affected.

“We will always remember them.”

With more than 20 years of service in the army, Armadale RSL member Anthony ‘Wombat’ Wilton said prior to World War 1, wars were considered as great victors, were cause for celebrations and there were even public holidays.

“Following the end of the Great War the loss of life was devastating,” he said.

“It didn’t feel appropriate to celebrate and instead it became a day to remember the fallen.”

Mr Wilton said if it weren’t for the first and second world wars and the soldiers serving today, Australians would not enjoy the freedom they do.

“We own them a debt of gratitude which we can never repay,” he said.

Gosnells RSL member Harry Rosielle said it has been 99 years since the Armistice was signed.

“Remembrance Day is very solemn,” he said.

“They are all gone now and it is important that we never forget.”