Rochester and Elmore residents attended services on Sunday to remember those who did not return from war.By Elaine Cooney
The Rochester and Elmore communities paused for a minute’s silence at 11am on Sunday to remember those who died serving their country.
The crowd in Rochester was sparse, which attendees put down to the clash with church services, but a large crowd gathered at Elmore.
Rochester RSL president Pat O’Shaughnessy said Remembrance Day was a special day for Australia and many countries.
‘‘It’s a time where we reflect upon the sacrifices made by those serving their country, past and present,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a time when we remember our own men and women and those of our allies who died while fighting for their country’s freedom.’’
Mr O’Shaughnessy reminded the crowd that the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was when hostility ceased on the western front (during World War I).
Rochester RSL treasurer Bill Pittaway read the prayer and secretary Greg Walkley recited the poem In Flanders Fields, before the wreath-laying ceremony.
RSL members and friends enjoyed afternoon tea after the ceremony.
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