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Remembrance Day commemorated

Schools to the fore in Narrabri

The community’s young leaders continue the tradition of respectful commemoration. At Saturday’s service were cornet player Sarah Smith, with school captains and wreath layers Jinali Trindall and Chloe Irvine (Narrabri Public School), Sid Harvey and Eliza Dampney (St Francis Xavier’s), Marlin Ryman and Charlette Smith (Narrabri West Public), RSL sub branch president Gary Mason, and Narrabri High School’s incoming 2018 captains Chelsea Hancock and Adam Hennessy.

Narrabri RSL sub branch president Gary Mason and many others complimented the school student speakers who presented Remembrance Day addresses at Saturday’s memorial service.

Remembrance Day, formerly Armistice Day, marks the end of World War 1 and communities pause to honour the Anzacs at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month each year. The centenary of the war is being commemorated from 2014 to 2018.

Representatives from Narrabri High School, Narrabri Public School, Narrabri West Public School and St Francis Xavier’s were among the attendees at the service led by Mr Mason. Student speakers this year, Narrabri High captains Chelsea Hancock and Adam Hennessy and Narrabri West Public captains Marlin Ryman and Charlette Smith, spoke clearly and confidently when delivering their addresses.

Mr Mason warmly congratulated the speakers on their research and presentation, noting they were a credit to their schools and the community. His praise was echoed by others. Narrabri schools are always well represented at commemoration services and young people are increasingly participating in the national commemoration events each year.