More than 400 people gathered at Soldiers Memorial Gardens in Victor Harbor to honour those who served in wartime. It was particularly moving on Sunday, November 11, at 11am, as it was 100 years since the end of World War I.
At 11am on November 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.
In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.
Veterans from various conflicts gathered at the Cross Of Sacrifice in Victor Harbor to pay respect and lay wreaths.
There was also the growing presence of students from the schools on the Fleurieu, to prove once again the efforts of those who fought and lost their lives in a time of war, will never be forgotten.
Victor Harbor RSL president David Miller conducted the Remembrance Day ceremony with Victor Harbor RSL chaplain Brian Chalmers. The pair have been a great team over the past 15 years.
However, it was Mr Chalmers last service for the Victor Harbor RSL and Mr Miller thanked him for his contribution over the years.
At Port Elliot, 200-plus people including Member for Finniss David Basham attended the service on a glorious sunny morning.
About 70 went to a luncheon in the RSL hall afterwards, which was catered for by the ladies of both the RSL sub branch and the National Serviceman’s Association.