Albany RSL continues strong tradition of honouring Korean War veterans

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
The commemoration service will be held at St John's Church York Street.
Camera IconThe commemoration service will be held at St John's Church York Street. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany’s annual Korean War Memorial Service will take place at St John’s Anglican Church on Sunday, commemorating 70 years since the signing of an armistice brought an uneasy close to a three-year conflict on the Korean peninsula.

More than 17,000 Australians represented their country serving in Korea during the war in either the army, navy or airforce.

During the conflict, which is considered both the first of the Cold War and the forgotten war, 340 Australians died, more than 1200 were wounded and 30 became prisoners of war.

Sunday’s service, organised by the Albany RSL sub-branch, will run from 2pm when the reverend, guest speaker, and RSL vice-president Roger Smith lead a ceremony heading into the church followed by flag bearers Ken and Margaret Morrison.

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Rev John Jones will lead the service in prayer and Lt Chris Cho will deliver the keynote address.

Wreaths will be laid at the base of the war memorial at the corner of York Street and Peels Place near the end of the ceremony ahead of the delivery of the ode, the playing of The Last Post, a minute’s silence and The Rouse.

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