In stunning spring sunshine a small gathering paid their respects to our service men and women of all conflicts at a Remembrance Day service at the Bega Memorial Gate on Saturday.
November 11, 2017 marked 99 years since the signing of the armistice, calling for an end to all hostilities in World War I.
The Bega Remembrance Day service was emceed by John Watkin, with Reverend Stephen Rigby reading the prologue.
Bega RSL sub-branch president Gary Berman gave a speech about what is being commemorated on Remembrance Day each year and of the meaning behind the red poppies so synonymous with public acknowledgement of those who sacrificed themselves on the fields of war.
Earning particular praise on the day was young Tom Burn, a Year 11 student from Eden Marine High School, who is also the regimental bugler for the Bemboka Light Horse troop.
His rendition of The Last Post was stirring, and impressive given he has only been playing for six months – although he said he has played trumpet since Year 3.
After the Remembrance Day service, a sample of soil from under the Bega Memorial Gate was dug up to be sent to a special new installation being created at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park Sydney.
Soil samples from across the state are being gathered for the “Hall of Service” to recognise the many towns and villages from where those who enlisted for WWI came.