Silence honours those lost

ABOUT 100 people turned out in New Norfolk on Thursday to remember those who had served Australia and those who lost their lives doing so.

With threatening skies and cold weather, the crowd listened intently to St Matthew’s the Reverend Celia Hooker, representatives of the RSL and returned military personnel.

The last post was performed by Derwent Valley Concert Band member Arthur Jones.

New Norfolk local Kathleen Turner, whose late husband was a returned veteran, spent the morning prior to the service planting poppies at the nearby primary school.

Warrant Officer Natasha McRoe, who grew up in New Norfolk, attended having recently returned to Tasmania to live after 20 years and was proud to be able to remember those who had lost their lives in her home town.

November 11, at 11am marks the anniversary of when the guns fell silent on the Western Front in 1918.

Veterans Affairs Minister Guy Barnett said World War 1 brought about the mobilisation of more than 70 million people and a death toll of nearly 13 million.

“More than 15,000 Tasmanian men enlisted to serve their nation in World War 1.

Of these, 2432 lost their lives and many more suffered physical and psychological injuries,’’ Mr Barnett said.

Wreath laying ceremonies were held throughout Tasmania on Remembrance Day.