Lithgow pays tribute to soldiers’ sacrifices at Remembrance Day 2017

Lithgow residents commemorated Remembrance Day on Saturday with a ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Park, joined by Lithgow City Band and cadets.

The day marked the 99th anniversary since the Armistice that ended World War 1.

A minute silence was observed in the Lithgow park, preceded by the laying of wreaths and an address from the Lithgow RSL sub-branch’s minister, Reverend Mark Smith.

Ron Murphy, the branch president said the day went to the branch’s favour.

“It was good, and brought a good crowd for Remembrance Day,” he said.

He was particularly pleased the commemoration involved a display of the flag raised above Beersheba after the light horse charge in 1917. The flag belongs to Lithgow resident Gary Johnson.

“That’s wonderful to have that bit of history here,” Mr Murphy said.

Mr Murphy indicated the branch would try to organise something extra special for next year’s Remembrance Day, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

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