Attendance dips but fervour still burns

Lawrie Scott and Arthur Stanton from the City of Cockburn RSL sell
Lawrie Scott and Arthur Stanton from the City of Cockburn RSL sell

Mr Stanton is preparing for Cockburn’s service next Monday, which marks the anniversary of the armistice to end World War 1. And despite the public’s shift towards Anzac Day, he said the tradition would continue.

‘Remembrance Day is a very important part of Australia’s history and should be treasured forever,’ he said. ‘We need to remember that a lot of us had relatives that suffered on the battlefields of Gallipoli and Europe during World War 1.

‘In most cases Remembrance Day still receives good support, both at our services and the wearing of the red poppy. In saying this, I believe the attendance at Remembrance Day services is on the decline; however support for Anzac Day is growing at a massive rate.’

Cockburn RSL members will be at collection points at local shopping centres on November 7, 8 and 9 offering red remembrance poppies for a donation. Cockburn’s Remembrance Day Service will be held at Memorial Hall Monument next Monday at 10.20am.