On Remembrance Day, 11 November this year, it will be exactly 100 years since the declaration of the Armistice that effectively ended the First World War.
The Department of Communities has coordinated a number of activities to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.
59,000 falling poppies lit up Vlaming Head Lighthouse in Exmouth, in commemoration of the 59,000 soldiers who died in the First World War.
Exmouth was the first location on the Cascading Poppies – Urban Light Installation tour, which will see prominent WA landmarks with connections to Western Australia’s war effort lit up with falling poppies each night this week. The Cascading Poppies were also displayed at the Museum of Geraldton on 6 November.
The light display will move on to:
- Kalgoorlie: Kalgoorlie Town Hall - Wednesday 7 November; 6.45pm – 12am.
- Albany: Albany Town Hall – Thursday, 8 November 2018; 6.45pm-12.00am.
- Bunbury: St Patrick’s Cathedral – Friday, 9 November 2018; 6.52pm-12.00am.
- Fremantle: WA Maritime Museum – Saturday, 10 November 2018; 6.50pm-12.00am.
- Perth: St George’s Cathedral – Sunday, 11 November 2018; 6.50pm-12.00am.
Image: The short film Aboriginal Service in the First World War screening on the Yagan Square Digital Tower.
A series of short films has also been commissioned by Communities to commemorate Armistice and highlight the sacrifices made by Western Australians as part of the war effort. The films are:
- The First World War provides a general snapshot of Australian and Western Australian involvement in the First World War using a series of moving photographs showing the reality of life at the front.
- The Service of Western Australian Women at Home and Overseas focuses on the role of Australian women in the First World War.
- Aboriginal Service in the First World War provides a brief synopsis of the involvement of the 133 Western Australian Aboriginal service personnel who volunteered to serve in the First World War. This film was produced in collaboration with Aboriginal History WA. The film features interviews with Karen Sayers, granddaughter of Aboriginal First World War veteran Frederick Lesley Sayers, and Tony Farmer, grandson of Kenneth Farmer and Tara Farmer, great-granddaughter of Kenneth Farmer.
- Western Australian Roll of Honour will be screened on Remembrance Day and is a moving scrolling tribute from the State War Memorial which features the names of 6,000 fallen soldiers of the First World War.
The Centenary of Armistice short films will be shown at Yagan Square Digital Tower, Northbridge Piazza Superscreen and the Perth Cultural Centre Big Screen until Sunday 11 November 2018.
The films and their screening schedule, activities and resources are available on the Centenary of Armistice page on the Communities website.
For a list of Centenary of Armistice events visit the RSL website.
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