PHOTOS: Armistice honoured in Kurri parade
More than 600 students took to the streets in Kurri Kurri on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, which will occur next month.
The street parade wrapped up a series a of armistice projects coordinated by historians John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher, including books, history talks and education programs.
435 men, or around 10 per cent of the town’s population, enlisted in WWI, with 80 not to return. Many of those men were not Australian-born, but were in Kurri to work in the mines, and almost two dozen of those countries of origin were recognised in flags carried by students.
Mr Gillam said the parade honoured the town’s history and provided the students with a tangible connection to the past.
“You don’t see street parades anymore and this town thrived on them,” he said.
“We have a saying ‘make history a verb’.
“This is learning that doesn’t go away.”
The event was held at Kurri Kurri Public School, with students from Weston, Pelaw Main and Mulbring also participating. They were joined by community groups and the Kurri Kurri RSL sub-branch.