The Parkes Shire will join the rest of the country on Sunday to commemorate the Centenary of World War I Armistice Day on 11th November. Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack secured
nearly $50,000 in funding through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program for nine projects in his electorate.
The projects include a Remembrance Wall and Garden at Bogan Gate, a display of memorabilia in the Trundle War Memorial, and the restoration of a World War I Feldkanone (field artillery gun) at Cooke Park.
“I am so proud and touched by the way our communities continue to honour and remember the more than 60,000 Australians killed and another 156,000 wounded, gassed or taken prisoner during World War I,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Thousands of young Riverina and Central West men walked off their farms, out of their jobs and away from their families to fight in far off countries and too many of them never came home and are forever at rest in foreign cemeteries.”
“We continue to grieve for them and we continue to pay our respects to them – and we always will.” The Parkes RSL Sub-Branch is hosting a special dinner at the Parkes Services Club on Saturday night to celebrate the centenary of Armistice. On Sunday the Remembrance Day service will start from 10.30 in Cooke Park.