VETERANS young and old have been honoured and thanked for their selfless sacrifice to fight for a better life for all Australians.
A large crowd gathered at the foot of the Carillon on Monday morning for the annual Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony, the 101st in Australia's history.
Bathurst RSL Sub Branch president David Mills said it was wonderful to see so many residents take the time to attend the ceremony.
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"It is rewarding to see people acknowledging service on Remembrance Day. Some people have indicated that Remembrance Day is the poor cousin [to Anzac Day], but I think with the people who have shown up today, we can realise that it holds its own," he said.
"It is a significant day of remembrance."
The ceremony included the playing of the Last Post, singing of the national anthem and the laying of wreaths on the Carillon.
Along with families, Bathurst Regional Council, Chifley Police District, the Bathurst RSL Club and sub branch, Defence Dogs and other community groups laid their wreaths on the memorial.
As part of the ceremony, attendees got to hear from primary school student Jamie Mulholland, from Assumption School.
The sub branch always invites a school student to give an address, it helping to ensure that young people carry on the tradition of remembering military service.
Mr Mills said Jamie's address embodied the point of Remembrance Day.
"Jamie spoke from the heart and it is rewarding to see someone so young understand what the message of Remembrance Day is," he said.
"I think it's been shown, both on Anzac Day and today, that the veterans are encouraging the younger generation to participate, because we're not celebrating war - we're commemorating service and sacrifice.
"Those characteristics are as important to their lives as they were with the guys who made the sacrifice."
In addition to passing on the tradition of remembrance to young people, the sub branch wants to involve more recent veterans in its services.
Mr Mills said there is a stereotype that all veterans are older people, but in reality the term also covers servicemen and women from more recent conflicts.
"We may not fully understand what their issues are, but we certainly have empathy with who they are and we would love to welcome them into the fold," he said.
Anyone who would like to get involved with the sub branch can call 6333 2909 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10am and 1pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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