Remembrance Day 2019 at Merimbula

A crowd of over 100 gathered at the Merimbula war memorial to commemorate Remembrance Day, the day on November 11, 1918 at 11am when the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.

Organised by the Merimbula RSL sub-branch, president Allan Browning said it was a chance to pay tribute to all veterans and those from the peach keeping forces around the world.

Bugler Nicholas Hassanoff sounded The Last Post as the crowd stood to attention for two minutes of silence in memory of the fallen. Service clubs and local organisations laid wreaths.

Remembrance Day at Merimbula 2019

All services represented

Dalton Neville, Darren Foster and Phil Cheek.

Dalton Neville, Darren Foster and Phil Cheek.

Dalton Neville of Tura Beach represented the Airforce, Darren Foster, also of Tura Beach represented the Army and the Australian Federal Police while Phil Cheek of South Pambula represented the Navy.

Mr Dalton was wearing his own medals from his time in Vietnam and also those of his father and grandfather. Both his father and grandfather served in WWI and WWII and at one stage both were fighting in the Somme about 5-10km away from each other. His grandfather also fought in the Boar War.

Mr Foster spent 12 years with the Australian Federal Police and 14 years in the Army. His medals are from service in East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Mr Cheekspent 36 years in the Navy and 16 years as an active reservist after receiving medals for his time in South East Asia and Somalia.