Forrestfield: St Stephen’s Church holding Anzac Day display to honour bravery

L-R: Margaret Watson (St Stephen's Church Parishioner), Debbie Stirk (Department Veteran Affairs Men's Health Peer Education Volunteer) and Susan Kappel (St Stephen's Church Parishioner). FRONT: Barbara Brown (St Stephen's Church Parishioner). Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Margaret Watson (St Stephen's Church Parishioner), Debbie Stirk (Department Veteran Affairs Men's Health Peer Education Volunteer) and Susan Kappel (St Stephen's Church Parishioner). FRONT: Barbara Brown (St Stephen's Church Parishioner). Photo: David Baylis

ON November 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent bringing an end to the war that was to ‘end all wars’.

St Stephen’s Church spokeswoman Barbara Brown said the battles and soldiers from 100 years ago would be the focus for this year’s display at the Forrestfield church.

“1918 was a significant year, not only for the signing of the Armistice but with fierce battles that claimed the lives of many young Australians,” she said.

“In that year alone, 29 Victoria Cross medals were awarded to Australian diggers, five with Western Australian connections.

“At the Anzac service and display we will be featuring stories of the Western Australian VC winners, the idea of a war museum which was to become the Australian War Memorial, profiles of the three World War I veterans on the church Honour Roll and details of some of the battles.

“We will also have volunteer veterans from the Men’s Health Peer Education group with an information table and they will be able to assist any veterans needing details on where they can obtain help with financial information, counselling services and any other queries they may have.”

The St Stephen’s Dawn Service on Anzac Day will be held on the lawn at the front of the church in Salix Way, Forrestfield at 6am.

Following the service, light refreshments will be served in the hall and guests will have the opportunity to view the display.

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