As the Centenary of Armistice Day approaches, the Village of Yerong Creek is preparing to commemorate the day by paying respects to the members of the community who answered the call to war and to the seventeen men who made the ultimate sacrifice.
A Remembrance Ceremony will commence at Stanley Galvin Park at 10.30am where Poppies made by the students of Yerong Creek Public School will be placed on the memorial plaques of those who died during the WWI after the minute silence at 11.00am.
Following that a complementary luncheon will be held at the Yerong Creek Public Hall where, subject to his Doctor’s approval, Vietnam Veteran the Honourable Tim Fischer AO will be a guest speaker along with fellow Vietnam Veteran Eric Michael.
The Yerong Creek Community is also the proud custodian of a painting by Andrew Lomnici, the iconic Man and His Donkey which depicts the brave medics and stretcher bearers who tended the injured at Gallipoli during the fighting at Anzac Cove.
The painting was commissioned in 1951 as a fundraiser for patients in the ‘Homes for Incurables’, men who suffered various injuries such as gas poisoning, amputations or ‘shell shock’ and was won by the Yerong Creek Branch of the RSL.
The painting is displayed in the foyer of the Yerong Creek Public Hall and a grant was secured from the Department of Veteran Affairs to improve the display and conserve the painting as well as add some interpretive signage to the display. The signage will be unveiled at the luncheon.
Members of the community are invited to attend the Commemoration Ceremony and the Luncheon at Yerong Creek on Sunday, November, 11. If you wish to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Debbie Mott on (02) 6920 3530 or text to 0409 661 866 for catering numbers.