Leeton pauses to remember lives lost in service

Leeton stopped for a minute to pay tribute to service men and women on Remembrance Day on Saturday. 

Residents gathered at the cenotaph in front of the Roxy Community Theatre for a service, followed by the minute of silence. 

The town’s fire siren sounded at 11am when a minute’s silence was observed, marking the end of World War I. 

While the day was originally intended to mark the end of the First World War, over time it has taken on much more meaning. 

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Like ANZAC Day, it has become a time to reflect on the sacrifice given during the First World War, but all of the conflicts since then as well. 

RSL Sub Branch President John Power says the day needs more recognition. 

“It marks the end of the First World War and a lot of people from Leeton lost their lives,” he said. 

“It’s gone beyond the First World War. Now we remember the service of everyone that has fought. It’s an important day.”