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 Around The World: A worldwide performance of pipers celebrate Centenary of Armistice Sunday, November 11.

 

The haunting sound of the traditional Scottish song, When The Battle’s Over, will swirl around Bella Vista Farm Park at 5pm on November 11.The mass gathering of pipers is part of an international commemoration which will see 1000 lone pipers playing at sites around the UK at 6am joined at the same time from pipers from around the world - all playing the traditional 19th century battle retreat song composed by Pipe Major William Robb.

 

      

 

The Pipers' is a fascinating story of bravery and heroism during this war. For the full story follow this link:  The Pipers' Story  "This was the first war fought with “modern” weapons and tactics and it took a massive toll on the pipers and all the men who fought. The nature of trench warfare, where men had to climb the walls and charge across a no-man’s land through a wall a bullets and bombs, showcased the extreme heroism of many of the pipers".

 

At Bella Vista Farm, pipers and drummers from Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band will be joined by pipers and drummers from the Parramatta RSL Caledonian Pipe Band, the Hills District Pipe Band and members from The Combined RSL Centenary of ANZAC Pipes & Drums.

 

The time of the celebration has been chosen to mark the exact time (Greenwich Mean Time) when the Armistice of Compiegne was actually  signed, signalling the end of the World War I. The 11am minute’s silence marks when the end of the war came into force.

 

The Lancer Band (Regimental Band of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers) will perform until 6.30pm when MC Gareth McCray will take to the stage to read a speech written by Billy Hughes our Prime Minister at end of the Great War. 16 young Centenary of ANZAC Ambassadors will present the stories of Victoria Cross recipients.

 

For the commemoration event, the 9th Regiment of the Royal Australian Artillery will bring it’s saluting troop and four M2A2 Howitzers (big guns) to Bella Vista Farm to be part of the Centenary of Armistice commemoration on Sunday, November 11.

 

    M2A2 HOWITZERS

 

A performance from the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture accompanied by the Australian Army’s “big guns”. The M2A2 Howitzers will be fired at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in honour of those, past and present, who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom.

 

WHEN: Sunday, November 11 at 4.30pm;

 

WHERE: Bella Vista Farm; Norwest Boulevard and Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista; Free Event

 

TICKET BOOKINGS: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/centenary-of-armistice-the-end-of-ww1-access-from-430pm-tickets-50622960638.