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Whyalla pays tribute to our soldiers

Whyalla's Remembrance Day service was bolstered on Saturday by cadets from the Royal Military College - Duntroon

The City of Whyalla paid tribute to Australia’s fallen soldiers with a very special Remembrance Day Service on Saturday.

More than 100 locals were present at the Memorial Cenotaph for the ceremony at the 11th hour of the 11th day of November. The residents were bolstered at the Whyalla RSL service by more than 200 cadets and officers from the Royal Military College – Duntroon  (RMC-D) who are conducting exercises in Whyalla this month.

remembranceWhyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer was also present and joined by fellow councillors at what was a deeply moving ceremony.

“Remembrance Day is always a very special day in Whyalla and a credit to the people of our city who come out and pay their respects,” Mayor Breuer said.

“This year it was made especially significant with the large contingent from the Royal Military College Duntroon.

“To see these young soldiers’ faces here in Whyalla, it really brings home the enormity of what happened during that first World War and what our young people have had to face in consequent actions.

“Many of those soldiers that fell in World War I were no older, and often younger, than these fine young people that helped us remember on Saturday.

“We pay tribute to all our fallen soldiers and we say thanks to the young people, like those there on the weekend, who continue to serve our country and keep us safe.”

This year’s Remembrance Day marked the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Whyalla, along with the rest of the country, observed one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

The Whyalla service included a formal wreath laying, a requiem read by Mayor Breuer and prayers given for those that have fallen in all wars.

PICTURED ABOVE: Whyalla Deputy Mayor Rick Santucci, Mayor Lyn Breuer and Whyalla Councillor David Knox at the cenotaph.

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LEFT: The RMC-D cadets arrive in army trucks. RIGHT: The Memorial Cenotaph on Saturday.

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LEFT: Mayor Lyn Breuer and Councillor Jenny Barnes with cadets from the RMC-D. RIGHT: Member for Giles Eddie Hughes with Mayor Breuer and the cadets

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ABOVE: Whyalla councillor Tom Antonio, Council CEO Chris Cowley and Whyalla Deputy Mayor Rick Santucci at the Remembrance Day Service on Saturday. Picture: Whyalla News

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