Remembrance Day 2019 observed on Kangaroo Island

At 11am on Monday, November 11, Kangaroo Island paused for Remembrance Day, marking the 101st anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War on November 11, 1918.

Services were held at the war memorials at Kingscote and Penneshaw.

The Kingscote service was officiated by Pierre Gregor, local chairman of Legacy.

Ginny Wachmer played guitar and sang "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda".

The KICE clarinet ensemble, consisting of Oliva Hoffman, Kayla Rowley and Sam Gordon, accompanied by KI RSL sub-branch president Wayne Loechel on French horn, performed the hymn Abide With Me.

The day before, an unnamed RSL member and his offsider planted about 100 miniature poppies between the pavers of WWI soldiers at the Soldier's Memorial Park gates in Kingscote.

"As each poppy was 'planted' they looked at and quietly said the name on each paver," Mr Loechel said.

"In doing so it brought to mind the members of the island community related to that particular serviceman. It was a way of remembering them."

Pastor Brad Henley gave the Requiem, Vietnam veteran Dave Mancer raised the flag and Christine Rourke sang the National Anthem.

Staff at the Aurora Ozone Hotel observed Remembrance Day standing to attention outside across from the Kingscote War Memorial.

Hearing the music were French tourists Jean-Phillipe and Colette Passot from Lyon, who were moved to tears by the service.

Mr Passot's grandfather was badly wounded in WWI, dying two years after the end of the war.

"We honour my grandfather and all the Australians who came from so far away," he said. "They were super courageous."

Mr Gregor at the end of the service said attempts would be made to have great involvement by KICE students next year.

The RSL hosted morning tea at the Rabbit Warren Bakery after the service.

Comments