Coonabarabran community turns out for Remembrance Day ceremony.
Ex-servicemen and women were joined by members of the public for a solemn Remembrance Day service at the Town Clock Memorial Cenotaph on Friday, 11 November.
For the past two years, the commemorations have also acknowledged centenary anniversaries from World War I, with 2016 marking 100 years since the battles of the Somme Valley.
Coonabarabran RSL Sub-branch president, Kevin Barrington, said the Somme was a dark period of the war.
“More than one million casualties were suffered,” Mr Barrington said.
“Over 7000 of those were Australians killed in action, and 23,000 casualties.
“Stopping for one minute today gives us time to reflect, time to honour people who have died, by absorbing the significance of ready sacrifice that we might live as free people in this wonderful country, that we might be ‘young and free’ as people, as a nation.”
Mr Barrington said in the 100th year since the Somme, the symbol of the poppy could not be more significant.
“We are wearing red poppies today as a symbol of death, of sacrifice on the battle field, their colour symbolic of the blood spilt in battle,” he said.
Lest we forget
Coonabarabran CBD drew to a halt at 11.00am on Friday, 11 November, for the annual Remembrance Day service at the Town Clock Memorial Cenotaph.