Adelaide United FC will use Friday's match against Gold Coast United as an opportunity to highlight Remembrance Day.
Adelaide United FC will use Friday night-s match against Gold Coast United at Hindmarsh Stadium as an opportunity to highlight the continual importance and relevance of Remembrance Day.
Each year, the eleventh day of the eleventh month is a special date on the calendar for all Australians as it marks the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One (1914-1918).
In recognising this day of world significance, it has become tradition in Australia to observe a minute's silence every year at 11am on November 11.
While many will acknowledge this honoured tradition when the clock ticks over to 11am on Friday, Adelaide United in conjunction with the RSL-SA are going a step further by holding a special pre game ceremony prior to the Reds- clash against Gold Coast United.
The short ceremony will include the reading of the Ode and a bugle rendition conducted by RSL personnel, as well as a minute-s silence in respect of those who have been injured or lost their lives in war or conflict.
To further acknowledge the occasion, a player that is seen to exemplify outstanding sportsmanship will be awarded the Tomas Dale Medal at the end of the match. Tomas Dale tragically lost his life last year at the age of 21 whilst serving his country in Afghanistan, his parents giving permission for the medal to be named in their son-s honour.
Reds duo Bruce Djite and Eugene Galekovic joined two members of the RSL-SA and Tomas' parents, David and Karen at the West Terrace Cemetry for a photo shoot ahead of Friday night's events.
Considering Remembrance Day is a time when countries from right around the world remember the passing of people who were injured and killed in the First World War, it is somewhat fitting that it be acknowledged in a sport that is widely renowned as the ‘world game-.
By including reflection and recognition of Remembrance Day before kick-off against Gold Coast, it is anticipated that it will be a touching and telling reminder of what the day signifies and bring to attention a day that holds special significance for people around the globe.
Following Friday-s match day proceedings associated with Remembrance Day, Adelaide United hopes this can become an annual event for the club to be held on the game of the season that falls closest to November 11 each year.
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