Saturday 11TH November 2017
A remembrance service was held in Jacka Park, Cnr Wyndora and Oliver Streets, commencing at 10.30am.
The service was attended by over 80 members of the public and held in perfect weather conditions.
Guest speakers on the day were:
Mayor for the Northern Beaches Council – Mayor Michael Reagan
Representing the Federal Member for Warringah The Hon. Tony Abbott MP was Jane Jackson
The State member for Manly – The James Griffin MP
The President Harbord RSL sub-Branch – Mr Paul Jacks
Friends of Freshwater Inc. – Vice Chairman Phil Currie
Warringah Australia Remembers Committee – Colonel John Platt
Student representative Harbord Public School – Pippa Ravenscroft
The Catafalque Party was supplied by HMAS Kuttabul
The James Griffin MP, NSW State seat of Manly addressing the gathering.
Catafalque Party from HMAS Kuttabul
Harbord Public School Wind Quartet sounded the Last Post, in solemn recognition of the soldiers who lost their lives. LEST WE FORGET.
Followed with the Reveille.
Children were invited to place red poppies on the flag pole surrounds after the formal wreath laying ceremony
Led by the Piper, the official party proceeds down Soldiers Ave to the Heroes tree where a new plaque was unveiled, then onto William (Billy) Suggate’s tree to unveil his Foot Path Memorial Plaque.
Official gathering at the Heroes Tree, being addressed a member of the Covey Family whose grandfather, Alfred Hughes had his ashes placed at this tree in 1964. A Foot Path Memorial Plaque was unveiled in his honour.
The official party and community members surrounding the Hero’s tree immediately prior to the unveiling of the plaque
Deputy Principal of Harbord Public School, Brian O’Rourke, about to unveil the Foot Path Memorial Plaque for William (Billy) Suggate who was one of the first pupils to attend the school when it opened in 1912. This tree is located on the corner of Soldiers Ave and Marmora St.
The final official duties being undertaken at the Soldiers Avenue of Honour plinth at the corner of Albert Street and Soldiers Ave.
Harbord Public School Head Prefect Pippa Ravenscroft delivering her excellent and clear message to the members of the public, in attendance, in Jacka Park.
Colonel Platt reading the names of the 17 soldiers who either lived in area or were associated with the area that lost their lives during the battles of 1917 on the bloody Western Front.
The proceedings have been arranged through the Harbord RSL sub Branch, Evans Street, Freshwater.
Manly World War Memorial Cenotaph, The Corso Manly.
Friday, 14th October 2016, commemorated one hundred years on from the official dedication of the Cenotaph.
The Cenotaph was a gift to the Manly District by Mr Mark Mitchell to recognise all those soldiers that had and would lose their lives in the conflict of 1914-1918.
View a short historic Film of the opening ceremony on 14th October 1916 by following the link below: