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Logan commemorates Centenary of the Armistice

Published: 8 November 2018

Logan commemorates Centenary of the Armistice
Councillor Laurie Smith (right) with Vietnam veteran Tom McGee at the new remembrance mural.

A giant hand-painted mural, delicate hand-made red poppies and a ‘Picnic for Peace’ feature among many events and activities across Logan this weekend (November 10-11) to mark 100 years since the signing of the World War I Armistice.

The Armistice was signed by the Allies and Germans in France at 11am (Paris time) on November 11, 1918 to officially end fighting across Europe in the ‘war to end all wars’.

Remembrance Day has been observed annually since on November 11. The Centenary of the Armistice is this Sunday.

Many Remembrance Day services include a one-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Additional activities and events are planned to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.

Among them is a powerful mural positioned in Anzac Avenue at Greenbank on the side of the Mt Lindesay Highway.

The mural is a collaboration between Logan City Council and Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch.

It features nine large paintings of historic photographs depicting Australians in action from conflicts ranging from The Boer War through to present-day engagement in Afghanistan.

The paintings were done by mural artists Jay Christensen and Paul Turnbull, who combined have more than 30 years of service in the graffiti and pest services program run by the City Standards and Animal Care Branch.

Councillor Laurie Smith said Logan had a proud tradition of remembering the sacrifices of our servicemen and women.

He said the hand-painted mural was a special and powerful way to mark the Centenary.

“Most war memorials tend to look the same but this is one that’s designed to stand out,” Cr Smith said.

“Hopefully every time someone drives past they will take a moment to remember.”

Other Centenary of the Armistice commemorations across Logan include:

  • An exhibition is now on display at the Logan Art Gallery, cnr Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Ave, of works by Australian war artist Wil Dyson from the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australia at war collection. It features black and white lithographs done by Dyson on the Western Front. The exhibition, which is free, continues through to Sunday, November 24.
  • A special ceremony will be held at Mayes Cottage in Kingston from 1pm – 3pm on Saturday, November 10. Hand-knitted poppies will be placed outside the cottage for every soldier and nurse who enlisted from the Logan district to serve in the Great War. The commemoration will also feature story-telling and a singalong of popular songs of the day.
  • A service will be held at Greenbank RSL Services Club’s Memorial Gardens from 10.55am. Afterwards patrons are invited to inspect the nearby mural before heading into the club.
  • Logan Diggers Services Club will mark the Centenary of Armistice with a one-minute silence at 11am. Club doors will close at 10.45am and will re-open at the conclusion of the observance.
  • A Picnic for Peace, hosted by Springwood Tri-Services RSL, will be staged at Springwood Park, Cinderella Drive, on Sunday, November 11. A service will be held from 10.30am followed by a picnic. Food trucks will be on site.
  • Many RSL clubs, sub-branches and other service organisations in Logan have ceremonies and events to mark the Centenary. Look for details and timings over coming days.