Wodonga Remembrance Day: Youths encouraged to continue to remember fallen soldiers

Remembering the loved ones who died in war, and in the years since, continues to be a time of sadness as the number of fallen soldiers only increases.

Wodonga RSL sub-branch president Kevyn Williams has urged the younger generations to keep on honouring these men and women, speaking at Saturday’s Remembrance Day service at Woodland Grove.

“Today we gather to pay our ultimate respects for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice 99 years ago at the start of World War I,” he said.

“Over the years, increasingly, we’ve lost more numbers.

“We pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice every day of the week at the RSL and we respect and try to encourage all the young ones to remember the sacrifices they made.

“It is an honour to serve and those who served did it voluntarily in horrific conditions.”

A crowd gathered just before 11am under perfect blue skies, including children who willingly wore uniforms to represent their schools.

“To you the people of Wodonga, thank you very, very much for attending this service,” Mr Williams said.

“I think it’s better on a Saturday, we can get more people here – it’s great to see the numbers.”

He praised the work of the catafalque party, commitment of Wodonga City band, piper of more than 30 years Ross Draper who played the bugle, and support from mayor Anna Speedie and Wodonga Council.

New Zealand native Lisa Cullen sang the national anthems of both countries.