Learning from conflict

RSL: Peter Linn shows the different service medals next to a 'field' of knitted poppies that are used in the local Remembrance Day service.

RSL: Peter Linn shows the different service medals next to a 'field' of knitted poppies that are used in the local Remembrance Day service.

Returned and Services League Port Lincoln sub-branch president Peter Linn says there is a lot to reflect on this coming Remembrance Day, November 11.

Mr Linn will speak at this year's service and said for him personally the day would serve as a reminder of the multiculturalism in the forces.

"Remembrance Day is where the world stops to remember those who have given their lives in war," he said.

Originally called Armistice Day, Mr Linn said the day acknowledged the end of World War I and poppies had become a symbol of bloodshed since they grew on the war fields.

"For me personally it's remembering that it's those who gave their lives defending Australia that were from all cultures and faiths," he said.

"It was multi-culture and multi-faith people that served in the Australian Defence Force that seems to be forgotten."

While he has not spoken at a service in years, Mr Linn said he wanted to touch on leadership past and present.

"We need to look at remembering those who served and the leaders they followed that had that sense of gravitas," he said.

"I'm not seeing that in the (world) leaders today.

"In that sense we need to look for a developing sense of leadership in our communities.

"Really the theme of the talk is what we can learn from conflict and it comes down to leadership."

Really the theme of the talk is what we can learn from conflict and it comes down to leadership.

Port Lincoln RSL president Peter Linn

He said he had yet to decide on which scripture to use in the service but had some ideas in mind.

The Remembrance Day service begins at 10.30am Monday at the memorial followed by lunch at the RSL and the launch of a video made by a local year 12 student.

"It will be shown for the first time on Remembrance Day," Mr Linn said.

"The idea behind it...is to use social media to heighten awareness and reach the young vets."

Mr Linn said the RSL hoped to provide a warm and welcoming environment on the day, which was one of three things the branch was working on to improve wellbeing of veterans.

He said it was also working on honouring service, which they would do on Remembrance Day, and renovating the RSL to provide a new museum.