Centenary of Armistice

On a beautiful 11/11 a large crowd gathered at Hookey Park for the Remembrance Day service which coincided this year with the centenary celebrations of the armistice ending the carnage of World War I.

The guest speaker on the occasion was Major Kenneth Mackenzie pictured above with MC Randall Bourchier and local Councillors Terry Avery and Richard Higgins.

Towards the end of a moving service which included words from local students representing Yarra Hills, Mooroolbark, and Oxley Christian Colleges, many in the crowd came forward to place small crosses or red poppies into sand-boxes.

I spoke to many appreciative people following the service. One woman visiting from England was delighted to observe a Remembrance Day in the sunshine; another from Rowville came to Mooroolbark in search of a remembrance Day service.

Particular thanks goes to Lions President George Nantes, and Mooroolbark History Group President Marion Stott. Both organisations, along with the Moroolbark Umbrella Group worked hard to provide such a wonderful time of community!



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