Riverine Herald: Border story – Echuca-Moama stands still for Remembrance Day

(13 Nov) REMEMBRANCE DAY was commemorated in Echuca-Moama on Wednesday, albeit in a much different way due to COVID-19.

In Moama, an unofficial ceremony was held at the cenotaph and at 11am NSW police and the border traffic came to a standstill for a minute’s silence.

Murray River Council Mayor Chris Bilkey laid a wreath on behalf of the council.

“The war was a coming of age for Australia and the loss of life and commitment to the war set a pattern of engagement for Australia in wars for the period thereafter,” he said.ADVERTISING

“It created the Australian identity in many ways.

“We’re in the middle of a global pandemic — just horrible, killed hundreds of thousands of people — but when you stand it up against what happened in the first world war, it’s tiny.

“The sacrifice and the commitment, bravery and loss of life that occurred in the first world war for Australia makes us put things into perspective.

“It does this nation a lot of good to remember that first major conflict and the sacrifice involved in it.”

Moama RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Bruce Smith said it was important to keep up traditions such as this.

“We’ve got to keep it going for the old ones and it’s hard times but we’ll eventually get back to whatever normal is going to be now,” he said.

“I go back and think of mates and uncles, what they went through and hopefully it’ll never happen again.

“I’d hate to see something like that happen with the young ones today.”

Ceremonies were also held at the Echuca cenotaph and Wharparilla Lodge.

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