Remembrance Day

Thanks to their sacrifices, and those of many others, Australia is a place where we can all enjoy freedom.

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.

The Ode

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

One Minute Silence

  • Pause for a minute silence at 11am to remember the fallen

The Rouse


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  • Royston Wilding
    commented 2018-11-01 19:45:36 +1100
    On Anzac Day, not Remembrance Day per-se, we remember the thousands of Australian lives sacrificed in the Gallipoli Campaign, but few know why. The enemy was not the German Empire, or the Austria-Hungarian Empire, but rather the Ottoman Empire, which had entered the Great War with an unprovoked, clandestine attack on Ukrainian civilian and military ports on the Black Sea. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Atatürk built the secular, democratic Republic of Turkey.
    However Erdoğan, Turkey’s current President, and now Dictator, is turning Turkey back to being an oppressive, Islamic Caliphate. Islam is not a religion, although it does have a religious component, and since the 9-11 attack in America, has been escalating its attacks on the Judaeo-Christian West. So what should our response be?
Rachel Carling-Jenkins Independent for Werribee