11 November 2018 marks exactly 100 years since the Armistice between the Allies (including Australia) and Germany came into effect at 11 am (Paris time) on 11 November 1918.
The Armistice brought an end to a tragic world war in which nearly 20 million people, military and civilian, lost their lives.
Australia lost 1.2 % of its population with 61,560 combat deaths.
(Rachel laying a wreath at the 2017 Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Werribee)
KThe Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial, which is updated on Remembrance Day each year, records the deaths as a result of service with Australian units for each conflict in which we have been engaged. It currently totals 102,858.
My great-uncles, whom I never had the privilege of meeting, were among those who committed their lives to the service of this nation and in defence of our freedoms. Thanks to their sacrifices, and those of many others, Australia is a place where we can all enjoy important freedoms which millions of people in other parts of the world are still living without.
I have had the privilege of meeting with veterans and their families at the Werribee RSL and listening to their stories. Each one is a precious reminder of the sacrifices made for our country.
This Remembrance Day I will be attending the service at the Cenotaph on the corner of Watton Street and Station Place in Werribee at 10.50 am. I encourage you to join me there or attend a Remembrance Day commemoration if you can.
Otherwise each of us can pause and observe a minute’s silence from 11am in memory of the fallen. This should be preceded by the Ode and the Last Post and followed by the Rouse.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The Last Post
- You can download and listen to the Last Post here.
One Minute Silence
- Pause for a minute silence at 11am to remember the fallen
- You can download and listen to the Rouse here.