Port Lincoln commemorates Remembrace Day | GALLERY

REMEMBERED: Graham Ellis lays a sprig of rosemary on the grave of his uncle Arthur Buddle at the RSL Garden of Remembrance. Mr Buddle was one of the Rats of Tobruk in World War II.
REMEMBERED: Graham Ellis lays a sprig of rosemary on the grave of his uncle Arthur Buddle at the RSL Garden of Remembrance. Mr Buddle was one of the Rats of Tobruk in World War II.

About 700 people came together on Sunday for Remembrance Day in Port Lincoln, which commemorated 100 years since the armistice was signed to end World War I.

The Port Lincoln RSL sub branch conducted the ceremony at the Anzac Memorial at Eyre Park, which included a parade involving members of the Regular Australian Army A Company, 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

Joining the soldiers were participants in the battalion’s recent Exercise Thura Yura program, with Port Lincoln army and navy cadets  and cadets from CFS and St John’s Ambulance also involved.

RSL sub branch vice president Brad Flaherty led the ceremony and shared how his and his wife’s families had many generations of service, going back to World War I.

Mr Flaherty said he showed an example of two families who had wide involvement in the armed forces, as was the case for many families across the region and across the country.

“The depth of our involvement in serving our country is quite astounding,” he said.

Once the ceremony finished people gathered at the RSL sub branch for a barbecue lunch, cooked by the Hotel Boston Social Club.

The National Servicemen’s Association Eyre Peninsula sub branch also invited people to come out to the RSL Garden of Remembrance throughout the day to leave a sprig of rosemary on the graves of those interred.

Sub branch chaplain Norman Johnston said for many of the soldiers who returned home, they would have walked among rosemary on the Gallipoli peninsula.