Sunday 11 November 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, when the guns fell silent on the Western Front, marking the end of World War 1.
Cooroy Pomona RSL Sub Branch have organised a special 10 day exhibition and display in the Cooroy Memorial Hall for the Centenary of Armistice.
“Many long hours of research and work have been done in the preparation of this exhibition which will tell the story of how and why the war began. It will display the history of the many battles that occurred where our young soldiers died,” said Ian Whisker, the Exhibition Director.
Included in the display will be many photos and information boards including material from the Maritime Museum and Adopt a Digger. Memorabilia will also be on display such as uniforms and a mock World War I trench that is being built inside the hall. Visitors can walk through the trench to experience the conditions that the troops fought under. Entry to the exhibition is free and will be suitable for all ages. The whole community is encouraged to visit the display.
An official opening of the display by Mr Llew O’Brien MP Federal Member for Wide Bay is to be held in the Memorial Hall on Thursday 1st November commencing at 4.00 pm. All who wish to attend are most welcome.
The exhibition will be displayed in the Cooroy Memorial Hall from Thursday 1st until Saturday 10th November from 10am until 4 pm each day. On Sunday 11th, Remembrance Day a commemorative service will be held at the Cenotaph which will commence at 10.40 am.
Funding from Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien through the Armistice Centenary Grant Program was received for this exhibition.
“We all know 11 November as Remembrance Day, but its origins started 100 years ago when the Armistice ending the fighting during the First World War was signed,” said Mr O’Brien.
World War 1 began in 1914 and lasted for four years. More than 416,000 Australians volunteered for service in World War 1. Of these, 324,000 served overseas. More than 60,000 Australians were killed, including 45,000 who died on the Western Front in France and Belgium and more than 8,000 who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.
In Australia and other allied countries, 11 November became known as Armistice Day, a day to remember those who died in World War 1. After World War 2, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations is commemorated on Remembrance Day.