MEMBERS of the Goulburn RSL Sub-Branch and their respective families, schoolchildren and bystanders attended the Remembrance Day service held in the Auditorium at the Soldiers Club on Monday.
It was held in the club because of the wet conditions outside at the Memorial in Belmore Park.
Across Australia and the world at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, ex-servicemen and members of the public gather to remember their fallen, with one minute’s silence and the Last Post and Reveille played by a bugle.
Member for Hume Angus Taylor, Mayor Geoff Kettle and President of the Goulburn RSL Sub Branch, Gordon Wade laid wreaths.
The ceremony was especially poignant for recently returned Goulburn serviceman Captain Jason Scanes, who has been serving in Afghanistan.
He was based at Forward Operations Base Lindsay, near the Afghan city of Kandahar from Nov.2012 to September of this year.
He also received a special U.S.
Army commendation, known as the ARCOM U.S Commendation Medal which is normally awarded to American soldiers as well as soldiers from friendly nations, who after June 1, 1962 distinguish themselves by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to both Australia and the United States.
“Remembrance Day gives an opportunity for everybody to reflect on the service and sacrifice that both we and our forefathers have endured over many different conflicts,” Capt. Scanes said.
Captain Scanes also served on the 205th Coalition Advisory Team (C.A.T.), which serves to protect coalition advisors during meetings, briefs and tasks within Camp Hero, which is based in the Afghan city of Kandahar.
Goulburn RSL Sub Branch president Gordon Wade was impressed with the turnout to the ceremony.
“It’s pleasing to see such a good turnout for people to remember the service of our dedicated men and women,” he said.
“It’s also great to see the younger generation taking part in the remembrance ceremony-our country is in good hands for the future with the commitment shown by these young people who come to pay their respects.
“I also thank those who served in the Navy for coming, and we also have four currently serving members who have recently served in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, one of whom is our Sub Branch vice president.”
Mayor Kettle congratulated Goulburn residents for taking time out of their day to remember.
“It’s great to see so many people out to remember those who served for our country,” he said.
“It’s also good to see our high school students here today who have learnt about and are aware of not only past conflicts but also current theatres of war.
“Remembrance Day continues to be a significant day to remember those in service throughout the rest of the year.”