Honouring fallen on Remembrance Day

LEST WE FORGET: The Catafalque Party exiting the Saturday commemoration.
LEST WE FORGET: The Catafalque Party exiting the Saturday commemoration.

The 99th anniversary of the end of World War I was held at the Port Pirie Memorial Gates on Saturday. 

The Remembrance Day service started at 10.30 and was welcomed by President of the Port Pirie RSL, Malcolm Bond. 

Remembrance Day marks the signing of the Armistace in 1918, the moment where hostilities ceased on the Western Front.

The order of service included a requiem from Pastor Roger Kleinig who reflected upon the enrichment of Australia’s history through the serving of all our men and women. 

Ken Madigan, the former Mayor and war historian spoke directly about the 900 men who left the smelter town to serve for their country and for the 245 men who never returned. 

Mr Madigan reminded the gathered crowd of the solemn promise that everyone has made through their attendance, that they will never be forgotten.

Wreaths were placed by Major John Rohde on behalf of the citizens of Port Pirie, Malcolm Bond on behalf of all the service organisations and cadets, the Hon Geoff Brock MP, Chantelle Graham, Deputy Director of Veterans Australia and St Mark’s College.

In tradition, the Ode Of Remembrance was spoken by Mr Bond, followed by the last post and the minute silence.

In practice, at 11 am, the sirens from the Nyrstar smelter sounded for a minute to pay homage for all who died. 

The service concluded with the National Anthem and the exit of the Catafalque Party.