RSLWA is asking West Australians to “Remember to Remember” those who gave their lives in service to this country, those who returned home injured or ill, and those who continue to serve today.
The simple act of pausing for a minute’s silence at 11am on November 11 is a salute to all the men and women who have served, and still serve, the Australian Defence Force.
RSLWA State President Peter Aspinall AM is asking West Australians to support veterans by sharing stories and memories online, and donating to RSLWA’s annual Poppy Appeal fundraiser.
“Millions of Australians have personal connections to service, either as a current or former serving Defence member or as the relative of someone who served, and have valuable and fascinating stories to share,” Mr Aspinall said.
“Much in the way Australians rallied for our Driveway Dawn Service to commemorate ANZAC Day earlier this year, I ask people to Remember to Remember in a similar COVID-safe manner this Remembrance Day. ”
Here’s a list of RSLWA activities to encourage the community to Remember to Remember:
2020 Poppy Appeal
Monday November 9 is RSLWA’s all-important Poppy Appeal, which raises money for life-saving programs for Defence Veterans in need.
Keep an eye out for our volunteers throughout the CBD on Monday morning, who will gift you with a commemorative poppy in gratitude for your donation. Or you can express your support with the knowledge that every single cent raised goes to veteran programs by donating via RSLWA’s website
Veterans from our many Sub-Branches throughout the State will also be out collecting within their local communities this week, so please make their day by stopping to say hello.
RSLWA is hosting a very special, COVID-safe, commemorative service at the State War Memorial at 10.30am on Wednesday 11 November.
Approximately 50,000 knitted red poppies have been “planted” around the Flame of Remembrance and on the steps of the State War Memorial at Kings Park, in tribute to the fallen..
This year’s service will be held at the State War Memorial (not the Flame of Remembrance) to allow for effective social distancing.
For those who cannot attend the service, we will have 12 buglers positioned at significant locations and intersections throughout the CBD, ready to play The Last Post at 11am (see attached location map).
And for those who can’t make it into the city, RSLWA Sub-Branches throughout the state will be holding their Remembrance Day commemorative services locally. Click the linko find a Remembrance Day service in your area.
Commemorative Poppy art installations
For those wanting to commemorate in a less structured way, RSLWA’s magnificent volunteer Poppy Ladies have outdone themselves again this year – with spectacularly visual art installations in place in London Court, up at Kings Park and in the front window of RSLWA’s return to its ancestral home base, the all-new ANZAC House Veteran Central building at 28 St Georges Tce. An estimated 100,000 hand-knitted and crocheted red poppies have been distributed – the poppy representing the the blood of soldiers who have died on battlefields and whose sacrifice we honour on Remembrance Day.