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PHOTOS OF FREMANTLE’S ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE

Posted in city of fremantle, peace, remembrance day, Uncategorized, war, ww I by freoview on November 11, 2018

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The Armistice-Remembrance Day service at Fremantle’s Monument Hill attracted a good crowd, who all came to remember the Great War World War I of 1914-1918.

Minister Simone McGurk, Josh Wilson MP, Simon O’Brien MLA, and Mayor Brad Pettitt all laid wreaths, while Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham and Councillors Bryn Jones and Jeff McDonald watched the procedures.

During World War I 16 million people died. It ended on November 11 one hundred years ago when an armistice was signed in France between the WW I allies and Germany.

In Flanders Fields is a poem I learned as a young man in the Netherlands for my school end exams in 1976.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Roel Loopers

POPPIES PROJECTED ON MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, peace, remembrance day, Uncategorized, war, ww I by freoview on November 11, 2018

 

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Poppies were floating down the sky like snow flakes at the Fremantle Maritime Museum last night.

It was a projection show to commemorate Armistice Day and the service for that will be held in Fremantle today from 10.45am at Monument Hill.

The poppies projection has travelled all over WA from Exmouth to Kalgoorlie and Albany.

Roel Loopers

ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, peace, remembrance day, Uncategorized, war, ww I by freoview on November 9, 2018

 

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This coming Sunday is Armistice Day, the day that 100 years ago World War I ended and an armistice was signed in Compiegne, France between the Allies of WW I and Germany.

In Fremantle we will remember the day with a service at the war memorial on Monument Hill which starts at 10.45am.

During World War I 16 million soldiers and civilians were killed. The war started when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Serajevo (Bosnia) on June 28, 1914.

Please do attend the Fremantle service and pay your respect to all who lost their life!

Roel Loopers

LAST GENTLEMEN OF WAR

Posted in fremantle, war, ww I by freoview on November 9, 2014

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There is an historic exhibition at the Fremantle Maritime Museum about the WW I battle between the HMAS Sydney and the German cruiser SMS Emden, which happened on November 9, 1914 near the Cocos Islands.

The Last Gentlemen of War tells a story of humour, decency and honour and recreates the battle that ended in the Emden being run onto a reef to save the 243 crew still alive after more than 120 had been killed by heavy fire from the Sydney. Captain John Glossop of the HMAS Sydney wired the message “Emden beached and done for.”

Remarkably the surviving Germans escaped and after a harrowing adventure reached Constantinople where they joined other German forces.

The exhibition is free and runs till April 26 next year.

Roel Loopers

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