2018 Remembrance Day Busselton | 100 years since the armistice

Busselton RSL president Keith Scardifield at the cenotaph.
Busselton RSL president Keith Scardifield at the cenotaph.

This Remembrance Day is the 100th anniversary of the armistice when all fell silent on the Western Front after four years of continuous warfare.

On the 11th November 1918, German leaders signed an armistice bringing an end to the First World War after their armies were close to collapse.

To honour those who lost their lives in all conflicts, Remembrance Day is held around the world on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Ahead of Remembrance Day, Busselton RSL president Keith Scardifield said on Friday the RSL would be selling poppies to raise funds Legacy.

The charity organisation helps Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their time in the defence force.

On Sunday, a service will be held at the Busselton Cenotaph for Remembrance Day which will commence at 10.40am and a one minute silence at 11am.

Following the service, Mr Scardifield said the community were invited back to the RSL for morning tea and refreshments.

“Remembrance Day is very significant, not just for veterans but it should be for the whole community,” he said. 

“This is a day separate to Anzac Day where we actually remember the fallen who sacrificed their lives not just in WWI but in subsequent wars ,” he said.

“It is not just about the fallen, we should also remember the families of those who have fallen, the ones whose lives were put in upheaval when they lost their fathers, husbands and wives.

“Their legacy goes on forever and their grief goes on forever.”

Mr Scardifield said the Busselton RSL were supporting younger veterans who had moved to the South West and had been to conflicts in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

“They often do not come to the forefront because it is still so raw for them, we give them support, remember them and help them with information to help them with their struggles,” he said.