Cricket Shepparton has requested that all of its members take a moment to reflect on the past during or before their respective matches tomorrow.
With play falling on November 11 — internationally recognised as Remembrance Day — director of senior cricket Michael Van Dorsser said officially recognising the significance of the date was the least the organisation could do to help remember those who have fought and died for the country.
‘‘We just wanted to get all Cricket Shepparton players to acknowledge Remembrance Day,’’ he said.
‘‘We need to remember where we come from and how we got here, and it’s something little that Cricket Shepparton can do to recognise our history.’’
All senior grades will be asked to stand side-by-side for a minute’s silence, while junior players will remain still at the stroke of 11am during their matches.
‘‘We’ve asked all senior players to stand for a moment’s silence prior to their senior matches as a mark of respect to the soldiers,’’ Van Dorsser said.
‘‘We’ve also asked that all junior players stand still in their positions at 11am, because most of them are likely to still be playing, so they should stop what they’re doing, take their hats off and stand still for a minute.’’
Remembrance Day has been observed since the end of World War I, in order to remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
This is the first time that the event has fallen on a day of Cricket Shepparton play since 2006, and with A-grade and B-grade action holding a scheduled start time of 12.30pm — and the lower grades following half an hour later — the cricket grounds across the Goulburn Valley will play host to a rolling wave of players standing to attention as a mark of respect.