Silos provide spot to reflect

By Country News

Locals from the Devenish area gathered around the town’s towering silo on Sunday, November 4, to pay their respects and to honour the commitment of servicemen and women during World War I.

Poppies adorned the area to commemorate 100 years since the armistice was signed, with a World War I nurse and a modern combat medic painted on the town’s silo by Melbourne artist Cam Scale overlooking the proceedings.

The sun was out and the atmosphere was relaxed as the Devenish community took time to remember those lost in wars in the past century.

Before the service two horses, paying homage to the mounted soldiers of the Australian Light Horse, strode through the street to the delight of the younger attendees — many of whom posed for a photo with the horses.

People stared in awe at the town’s imposing artwork, a perfect backdrop for the service as a flag flew at half-mast.

The service itself was thought-provoking and brought a tear to the eyes of some of the older people present.

Afterwards, attendees stayed on to chat and admire the art, with many commenting on the touching nature of the service.