Moths commemorate Poppy Day

2016-11-23 06:00
Moths participate in a Remembrance Day parade on Sunday. Photo: supplied

Moths participate in a Remembrance Day parade on Sunday. Photo: supplied

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ON Sunday, 13 November Moths gathered in Warner Beach to commemorate the lives of those who died serving their country in World War I.

On 11 November, 1918, the German army suffered a heavy defeat. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918 an armistice agreement was reached which ended World War I.

Originally called “Armistice Day”, but later called Remembrance and then Poppy Day, this day is now commemorated by Moths every year in November­.

The first Remembrance Day was commemorated on 11 November, 1990 in Westminster Abby, England and the following year at the Arc de Truimph in Paris.

This year, the service men marched from Kingsway through the restored Warner Beach subway tunnel to Mills Bomb Shellhole.

“It has been a year since restoration work on the subway and we would like to encourage the public to assist with the upkeep of the subway,” said My Sapphire Community representative and Sapphire Coast Tourism vice-president Romy Wentzel.

The two organisations have been working with a handful of volunteers and limited resources to restore the previously derelict subway and home to vagrants to its new safe status.

“It would be great to see more participation from local residents, whether financially or labour-wise to keep our neighbourhood clean,” said Wentzel.

The project has required employing a full time worker previously unemployed, tools, bin bags, cleaning material and more. This is supplied every week by the volunteers and organisations involved. The public is called to report any criminal activity to get the authorities more involved.

“December is fast approaching and it would be nice to have the tunnel clean at all times to allowing safe use for holidaymakers and residents,” Wentzel added.

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