Remembrance Day in the Highlands

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Members of the Southern Highlands Squadron Air League standing at attention at the 2016 Remembrance Day ceremony.
REMEMBRANCE DAY: Members of the Southern Highlands Squadron Air League standing at attention at the 2016 Remembrance Day ceremony.

The men and women of the Southern Highlands who served in the Great War one hundred years ago will be remembered this Saturday. 

In 2017, November 11 marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Remembrance Day will become the focus of national attention and services will be held in the Southern Highlands to remember the fallen soldiers. 

An Annual Remembrance Day Service will be held in Bowral at 10.40am at the Bowral War Memorial. 

The speaker on the day will be Commander Peter Watson RAN Ret’d.

The Bowral RSL Sub Branch will also visit Bowral House Nursing Home at 2.30pm to host a small service.

A service will be held at Mittagong RSL from approximately 10.30am.  

The Bundanoon Sub Branch will also host a service at 10.40am at the Bundanoon memorial in Erith Street. 

The Exeter Service will be held at 10.40am at the Exeter War Memorial. 

Moss Vale’s service will be held at The Moss Vale Services Club from 10.45am. Councillor Duncan Gair will be the speaker. 

A new organisation created to honour and preserve the memory of those deceased military personnel will launch on Remembrance Day. 

Honour Our Fallen’s mission is to perpetuate the memory of all deceased veterans and to build pride in our community, particularly our youth, in the virtues of service to our nation and respect for those who died protecting our freedom and way of life.

In partnership with local high schools, the Honour Our Fallen group plans to research and locate ex-servicemens' graves in local cemeteries, and thereafter on each Anzac Day beginning in 2018, place an Australian flag on every gravesite.

Most people usually purchase a poppy on Remembrance Day, but this year will be different. 

The sale of Remembrance Day poppies was banned by the RSL head office banned fundraising due to corruption woes.