Remembrance Day 2019 observed around the Murraylands

The sacrifices made by military personnel past and present have been honoured at Remembrance Day services in Murray Bridge and around the Murraylands.

More than 160 people are estimated to have attended a service held at Murray Bridge RSL in lieu of the Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, where a new emergency department is under construction.

RSL sub-branch president David Laing led the service, which featured a minute's silence, the Last Post and Reveille, wreath-laying and the national anthem.

Uniting Church minister Darren Lovell spoke on the meaning of the occasion.

Remembrance Day was not about honouring war, he said, but honouring those who had shown courage in the face of it: "resistance to fear, mastery of fear ... not the absence of fear," he said, echoing the writer Mark Twain.

"War is destructive and war damages lives, communities, and can even damage whole nations," he said.

"War is a mad, brutal and unbelievable struggle, distinguished by an unbelievable waste of human life which makes it hard to even distinguish victory from defeat.

"No-one wins a war.

"We gather here to honour those who have shown courage beyond what I can even imagine, courage that has come at a cost."

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