Fairview Retirement Village commemorates Remembrance Day

About 50 people took the time to pay their respects to fallen service men and women at a special Remembrance Day service at Fairview Retirement Village on Thursday.

Fairview residents and visitors commemorated Remembrace Day a few days early this year.

Resident Elmer Knobel OAM gave the introduction, encouraging all to remember the great sacrifice of all those who have fought in war and conflict.

“We think of every man, woman and child who, in those crucial years, died so that the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine,” he said.

“We nurture too the obligation of showing gratitude for the peace we enjoy, the responsbility for ensuring that the freedom and liberty so costly won is not lost by our own indifference.

“So let us mourn with pride, but let us also remember with equal pride those who served and still live.”

Aboriginal elder Jacko French spoke of the role indigenous servicemen have played in war.

“Many served with distinction in the worst campaigns imaginable, and many lost their lives on foreign shores,” he said.

Saturday, November 11 will mark the 99th anniversary since the guns fell silent on the Western Front in 1918, ending World War I.