It was the first time in nearly two years there had been a formal occasion in most NSW towns to mark Remembrance Day, and this year was a fitting and intimate acknowledgement of those who have served for us and given the ultimate sacrifice.
Led by local Forbes RSL Sub-Branch members and other dignitaries including Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM, the event was held at the Forbes Cenotaph in front of around 80 people. Those who did assemble for the formalities ranged from our vets who had served in other wars to their next of kin who stood beside them, proud, and yet mindful of what the special occasion was all about – remembering them.
Aaron Parry played a stirring rendition of the Last Post after the moment’s silence and wreath layers included Forbes High School, the CWA, Forbes Public and more. Poppies, the only flower to grow after the end to the bloodshed had been called on the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month, adorned the collars and lapels of all and sundry – as they should, on such a day, Remembrance Day, a day we remember to remember.