Faces new and old at Remembrance Day in New Norfolk

AN earlier-than-expected start to yesterday’s Remembrance Day service caught some people unawares, with some veterans and family members arriving to find the event already under way at 10.45am. Some missed the opening address by young veteran Michael Hodge who moved to the Derwent Valley two years ago.

After the service, the former marine technician met Warrant Officer Natasha McRoe, a local resident who is still serving with the Royal Australian Navy and made an impression in her dress uniform. The pair compared notes on their naval service, including the fact they have both been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal including the ICAT clasp for service as part of the International Coalition Against Terror.

The Reverend Celia Hooker from St Matthew’s Anglican Church also spoke and Derwent Valley Concert Band member Arthur Jones sounded the Last Post on his bugle and followed-up with the national anthem on his trumpet. Mrs Pixie Turner was once again prominent in the crowd, placing a floral tribute in memory of her returned-serviceman husband Neil Turner who passed away 35 years ago.

Originally called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day commemorates the truce that ended World War I, and all those who died in that first global conflict. About 50 people attended the local service, including a large contingent of Derwent Valley Council staff.

Pictured above: New Norfolk RSL secretary Brian Glover, left, with Pixie Turner and Warrant Officer Natasha McRoe. See more photos in gallery below, and in the November 19 print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

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  1. Thank you for the lovely photo. It is wonderful to be able to stand with my community on days of such significance.

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