Cooma remembers the fallen

A small but dedicated group of participants and onlookers gathered at Cooma's Cenotaph at 11 o'clock on Sunday to remember those who had fallen, serving their nation.

It was Remembrance Day, commemorating the time at the 11th hour of the 11th day in 1918 when the guns fell silent.

Led by RSL president Peter McMahon the Cooma group paid homage and tribute to the people who served, and who still serve today.

"When the First World War ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, Australia was one of many nations which had lost its best and brightest, the young men who never came home to fulfil their potential," said the RSL's acting NSW State President, John Haines.

"The pattern was repeated in World War II, and then we suffered more grievous losses in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Iraq and more recently in peace-keeping missions. Today we also mourn the loss of 39 Australians in Afghanistan and we offer our support to the 242 who've been wounded during that operation.

"Remembrance Day is a day when we pay tribute to those who died and tell their families they did not die in vain, because today we live in peace in a community they helped to forge."

Lest we forget.

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