“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
- poem published by John McCrae
A rather small turnout on Remembrance Day in Boorowa was extremely successful with around 50 men, women, and school children from Boorowa Central School and St Joseph’s School paying their respects to Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice of defending our country.
The ceremony was held at the beautiful Boorowa War Memorial. The ceremony included passionate speeches delivered by the many members of the Boorowa RSL Sub-Branch.
The school captains of Boorowa Central School delivered a heartfelt message by discussing how thankful they were to all servicemen and women.
The presentations were followed by one minute’s silence at 11 am, then the playing of “Rouse” to symbolise an awakening in a better world for the dead and rouse the living back to their duties. The Australian national anthem was then sung with extreme pride, followed by the laying of many beautiful wreaths.
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