Wanneroo Remembrance Day commemorations mark Armistice Centenary

53rd Army Cadet Unit Wanneroo. Pictures: Lucy Jarvis
53rd Army Cadet Unit Wanneroo. Pictures: Lucy Jarvis

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Memorial Park in Wanneroo for a Remembrance Day service to mark 100 years since World War I ended.

Wanneroo RSL and the Perth North subsection of the Naval Association of Australia hosted the November 11 Armistice Centenary commemorations.

It started with shots fired from the war memorial and answered by other riflemen posted near Wanneroo Central Shopping Centre, with the last shots fired 10.59am before buglers played The Last Post.

Riflemen prepare to fire shots.

There was a dedication ceremony for eight trees lining the memorial walk to mark conflicts including World War I and II, Korea, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, including a one beneath a pine grown from a seed of the lone pine tree at Gallipoli.

There were also displays of military memorabilia in marquees at the park and in the Limelight Theatre lobby and vintage military vehicles in the car park until 3.30pm.

Speakers included Wanneroo RSL president Jack Le Cras, Naval Association Perth North president Graeme Woodford, Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Cowan MHR Anne Aly and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

They recognised the sacrifices made by service men, women and animals, including 23 men from the Wanneroo district who enlisted in World War I when the population of the district was about 300.

The service ended with a Tiger Moth fly past.

The Tiger Moth fly past.

Remembrance Day services also took place at Joondalup’s Central Park, Quinns Rocks Sports Club and Yanchep National Park today, as well as several northern suburbs retirement villages.

10th Light Horse Association.
Riflemen prepare to shoot.
Wreath laying.
Vintage military vehicles on display.
Display of military memorabilia.