On Remembrance Day this year, air force cadets from No 6 Wing honoured the sacrifice of the fallen by participating in Remembrance Day activities throughout South Australia and Mildura.
CAPTION: Cadet Madison Short from 613 Squadron (RAAF Edinburgh) at the 2016 Remembrance Day service at Tyndale Christian School, which she attends.
604 Squadron again provided the traditional support it has given to Modbury High School each year, and 613 Squadron again supported Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Parafield Gardens.
617 Squadron supported Unley High School, and Cadets from 619 (‘City of Onkaparinga’) Squadron supported Willunga High School.
Other squadrons mounted catafalque parties or supported commemoration services in localities from Mount Gambier and Yankalilla, to Kadina, Port Pirie and Macclesfield, and Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills.
In an address given to the staff and students of Modbury High School, Pilot Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig said, “Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion, dedicated to those who died as a result of war. Uniformed catafalque parties guard the Cenotaph or Cross of Sacrifice, represented here today by the flagstaff with the Australian National Flag, and a minute’s silence is dedicated to the fallen”.
Although Remembrance Day was originally called ‘Armistice Day’, Pilot Officer (AAFC) Rosenzweig noted that in many ways we have moved on from just thinking about World War 1 alone – “Remembrance and commemoration can be a very personal thing” he told the students of Modbury High School – “you might choose to recall a family member who served or a Victoria Cross winner, while veterans reflect on the mates they served with”.
Squadron Leader (AAFC) Nicolaas Robbertse from 600 (‘Aviation Training’) Squadron organised a unique service for pilots, staff and workers at Parafield Aerodrome. This is the Prayer of Remembrance he delivered:
“Today we remember with thanksgiving those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in time of war. We pray that the offering of their lives may not have been in vain. Today we dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace: and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world. Amen”.
Lest we Forget .
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