Boorowa marks Armistice centenary with federal grant

Angus Taylor at Boorowa War Memorial where Armistice Centenary funding from the Federal Government will purchase new plaques to honour Boorowa district veterans.

Angus Taylor at Boorowa War Memorial where Armistice Centenary funding from the Federal Government will purchase new plaques to honour Boorowa district veterans.

Boorowa will mark the Centenary of Armistice with the help of a $5,700 Federal grant to erect plaques at the Boorowa War Memorial.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said this Sunday, November 11 was an opportunity to stop and honour the fallen and remember those who have served and are serving.

“One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, the guns of the Western front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare,” Mr Taylor said.

“In those four years of war, more than 330,000 Australians served overseas and more than 60,000 of them died. The war came at a devastating cost to our country, not the least because of our small population.”

Mr Taylor visited the Boorowa War Memorial where the Boorowa RSL sub-Branch will erect plaques to honour the district’s veterans.

RSL Sub Branch president Phil Armitage said this Sunday’s Remembrance Day service would include the unveiling and dedication of five new plaques, with Major General Steve Meekin AM (retired) and Councillor Wendy Tuckerman officiating. 

“Many descendants of those named on the plaques will be present for this Sunday’s ceremony,” Mr Armitage said.

“As happened throughout Europe after the announcement of the Armistice, all the bells will be rung in celebration. We are going to replicate that event and at 12 noon the bells in Boorowa will peal.”

Bells will be rung from the War Memorial, St Matthew’s Anglican church, St Patrick’s Catholic church and Boorowa Central School.