RSL sub-Branch reflects on why Remembrance Day matters

It's relevant: Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie year 11 student Tanisha Palmer will give the main address on Remembrance Day.
It's relevant: Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie year 11 student Tanisha Palmer will give the main address on Remembrance Day.

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Remembrance Day is a reminder of those service men and women who have served their country at critical times in our history.

And, says Port Macquarie RSL sub-Branch president Greg Laird, it is also a particularly poignant day to honour those who have fallen.

“Remembrance Day is simply a day for us to show our appreciation and remembrance to all those who have served us in conflict or peacekeeping missions,” he said.

“I think the Port Macquarie service is growing each year and reflects well on the decision to include and invite younger members of our community to participate.

“Don’t forget too, that Remembrance Day services are held throughout the world, whereas Anzac Day is specifically Australian.”

This year’s main address will be given by Tanisha Palmer, the daughter of a returned serviceman who toured Afghanistan.

The Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus year 11 student says her father served 10 years with the Army and her speech will reflect the impact that had on her formative years.

This is not an old memory for us as a family. It is very real and relevant to us.

Tanisha Palmer

“This is not an old memory for us as a family. It is very real and relevant to us,” Tanisha said.

“Generally, youth in our area have not lived the experience of having someone close to them serving. I want to talk about the effect that can have on the family and how it has affected my dad.

“I want to shed light on my own experiences. It is really a hard thing to explain to people who have not had that experience.”

Tanisha says she always stands with her dad for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services. 

“My mum and I will cry when we hear the Last Post too,” she says.

“I’m just really grateful for everyone’s sacrifice.

“I have always wanted to give a speech because it does mean so much to me personally.”

​This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I.

Port Macquarie’s Remembrance Day service will muster at 10.45am at the cenotaph for an 11am start.

Mr Laird said 11 bells will toll to start the service.