Services will remember veterans

SERVICE: Ceduna RSL sub-branch secretary Jill Stockham and veteran Stewart McWaters will be present at the Ceduna service on Monday. Picture: Luca Cetta
SERVICE: Ceduna RSL sub-branch secretary Jill Stockham and veteran Stewart McWaters will be present at the Ceduna service on Monday. Picture: Luca Cetta

Towns across the West Coast region will honour veterans with Remembrance Day services on Monday.

Ceduna, Streaky Bay and Elliston will be hosting services to mark the moment World War I ended in 1918.

The Ceduna service starts at 10.45am at the Soldiers' Memorial Park, followed by light refreshments in the RSL clubrooms.

Streaky Bay's service at the RSL hall will also commence at 10.45am, while Elliston Area School will be organising a service at the war memorial from 10.45am which all are welcome to attend.

Both Ceduna and Streaky Bay RSL sub-branches will be hosting poppy day on Friday, with a stall outside the Ceduna Memorial Hall and at Jim's IGA from 9am to 4pm, and outside the Streaky Bay Newsagency on Bay Road from 9am to 4pm.

Ceduna RSL sub-branch secretary Jill Stockham said while the centenary of the end of World War I had now passed, Remembrance Day remained very important for people throughout the community, and entire country.

She said it was great to see younger people involved to continue its legacy.

"It still resonates with people young and old," she said.

"This year is more to do with veterans of all conflicts, and they will be recognised.

"We encourage youngsters to be there and would love for them to be part of the ceremony - if they wish to lay a wreath, perhaps on behalf of their school, they are welcome to do so."

She said younger people were encouraged to speak to veterans and ask about their experiences to get an insight into being a soldier during wartime.

Streaky Bay RSL sub-branch treasurer Tracy Hackett said the service honoured the sacrifice others made to help make the country what it is today.

"People need to remembers what our ancestors sacrificed for us, to have what we have today," she said.

"People take for granted that we have a free country like we do."