Remembering

Army cadet Andrew Wilson, a former Marist Sion College student, played
the bag pipes during the Warragul service while wreaths were laid by the
local community, including Marist Sion College students Nick Mackinnon
and Elsie Francis. More photographs - p14. Photograph: TOM ELTON

Army cadet Andrew Wilson, a former Marist Sion College student, played the bag pipes during the Warragul service while wreaths were laid by the local community, including Marist Sion College students Nick Mackinnon and Elsie Francis. More photographs - p14. Photograph: TOM ELTON

Hundreds of people gathered at services across West Gippsland yesterday to mark Remembrance day.

At the 11th hour of the 11th month, communities continue to gather to mark the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1919.

School students and community members stood alongside returned servicemen and women representing Australia's involvement in many conflicts since World War I.

At the Drouin service, RSL branch president Rod McNab said it was "incredibly important" that we continue to recognise the service the men and women provided in the name of our nation.

He said WWI was the first time men and women served under the one flag for Australia.

At the time, Mr McNab said Australia had a population of five million people and 60,000 people gave their lives in the conflict.

"There was not a family, not a community that was not affected," Mr McNab said.


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