Category Archives: History

Anzac Day centenary commemoration – thank you!

More than 200 people attended our largest ever commemoration of Anzac Day on its centenary yesterday. The Down Under Club of Winnipeg would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the success of our event.

Many dignitaries, cadets, veterans, club members and interested people from the community participated in a ceremony, followed by an afternoon tea and panel presentation by four speakers on the topic of Lest We Forget Our First World War Mates.

We will share further details on yesterday’s Anzac event on this site.

100th ANZAC remembered

biplaneOn Saturday, 25th April, 2015, the centenary of ANZAC Day will be commemorated across Commonwealth countries around the world. The Down Under Club of Winnipeg will be marking this event with members, special guests and inviting the public to remember this occasion with us at the Western Canada Aviation Museum.

This event will be given the ceremonial respect it deserves with social and historical activities to follow. We look forward to seeing you there. Mark your calendars.

Remembrance poppies in Australia

Poppies on the Roll of Honour. Photograph taken by Kerry Alchin. PAIU2014/128.14

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The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day, the ritual that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918, and is also increasingly being used as part of Anzac Day observances. During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. Continue reading

Getting to Know: Gordon Keatch

Gordon-and-sons_6098Gordon Keatch

One of our favourite people, Gordon Keatch, has retired as our intrepid “getting to know” columnist. In his letter of retirement, Gord wrote that his monthly column in The Southern Yarn about getting to know members was “a most rewarding and interesting experience”.

We are looking for someone to take over the column, but first we thought we’d let you all “get to know” Gord a little better. Continue reading