Remembrance Day 2019: Rochester

By James Arbuthnott

Remembrance Day was marked at Rochester's Cenotaph to commemorate the day the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Community members laid wreaths and awards were given.

Nominated for the Spirit of Anzac award was Gladys McArdle, whose extensive community involvement since moving to Rochester in the early 1960s has included work with the Rochester Football Club, Garden Club, Red Cross, Senior Citizens and Uniting Church, as well as being a member of the Campaspe CWA for more than 52 years.

Also nominated was the Rochester SES unit, which was recognised for its integral role in saving lives in dangerous situations.

Nominated for the Australian Defence Medal was Jock Ferguson, who was a national serviceman in the 1950s.

Initially trained in the infantry, he was recognised for his service as a cook and rose to the rank of corporal.

Reflections on Remembrance Day, by RSL President John Glover:

Rochester and the surrounding areas have not been slow to show their appreciation of those who have served over the years.

The magnificent display of knitted poppies lovingly positioned on our special days of commemoration results from the dedication of Kay Spiers and her supporters.

Our WWI Honour Roll displayed some technical deficiencies when it was dedicated earlier this year.

All those deficiencies have been rectified in recent days by the dedicated work of Des Hocking and his son Mark. They spent numerous hours resolving those issues, which you can all appreciate by visiting the memorial at night.

During our recent Poppy Appeal, Kath Richards made some magnificent handmade poppies for donation to the appeal.

When we sold out she made some more and they have sold out also. Anyone who has seen those poppies would agree that they are some of the nicest poppies seen anywhere.

Rochester generously supported the Poppy Appeal in the same way that they supported the Anzac Appeal earlier in the year.

Not only have they purchased tokens but were also very gracious in their praise of those of us who are veterans and many people were generous in the extreme by donating to the appeal.

Thank you Rochester, these people help make our community and this town the place of which we are all so justifiably proud.

Long may it continue.