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Remembrance Day 2017, Flow Remembers...

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Lest We Forget…

This Saturday is Remembrance Day, marking the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

On this day every year, Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of what is considered the single worst year in our nation's history - 1917.

While the war was raging on, Australian soldiers were suffering massive casualties on the Western Front in France and Belgium.

But from the dark days came some amazing feats of courage and leadership, with Australian such as Harold Elliott, better known as 'Pompey Elliott', making their mark on the world.

Pompey's story has just been released in a new biography titled 'Pompey Elliott At War: In His Own Words', written by leading historian Ross McMullin.

Ross joined Anita on Flow FM to talk 1917, Pompey's involvement in WWI and Remembrance Day.

The ANZAC tradition's not just white. It also has a black contribution. Even though they weren't generally allowed to enlist, Indigenous Australians felt a strong need to be a part of the war effort.

More than 1,000 men that we know of served on the Western Front - and that number is growing as more research is being done.

Gary Oakley is the RAAF's Indigenous Historical Custodian, previously he was the Indigenous Liaison Officer at the Australian War Memorial for many years.

Gary joined Sarah on the Regional Roundup to talk about the involvement of our First Nation's people in the First World War, and Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day Services happening Saturday November 11 across our Flow Regions include:

Burra - 10:45am at the Memorial, Market Square Burra

Kapunda – 10:30am At the Memorial in Main Street Kapunda with Tea, Coffee and Bar afterwards at the RSL Hall

Mallala – 10:45am service at the Mallala Monument, main intersection Mallala Followed by BBQ lunch at the Mallala RSL Sub Branch

Streaky Bay - RSL Hall 10:45 with sausage sizzle to follow

Ceduna - Soldiers’ Memorial Park 10:45am with Sausage sizzle to follow

Lucindale - War Memorial 10:30am

Naracoorte - Town Square 10:40am

Kaniva - Refurbished Cenotaph 11am at Kaniva RSL Park

Keith - Cenotaph Soldiers’ Memorial Park 10:30am – Heritage Street Keith

Birchip - 11am Soldier Memorial Park, followed by the RSL Hall

Colac - 11am Colac Memorial – Memorial Square, with refreshments afterwards at the legacy building 45 Gellibrand St Colac

Murtoa - 11am Memorial Gates Lake Street Murtoa

This Remembrance Day, join us in remembering the fallen who have served our country.

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