Sunday, 11 November 2012

REMEMBRANCE DAY

REMEMBRANCE DAY

At 11.00am on Sunday, 11 November 2012, please pause for one minute's silence in memory of those who died or suffered in the service of Australia in all wars and armed conflicts.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the guns fell silent.

After four years of bloodshed World War I was over.

The following year, 11 November was dedicated by King George V as Remembrance Day.

It is the day that we pause to commemorate the sacrifices of our armed forces in times of war; especially those who served in World War I.

330,000 Australians volunteered. 211,000 or 64 per cent were killed or wounded.

From the Boer War to the current day our nation has lost more than 100,000 people who were killed in times of conflict.

This year we should especially remember the 39 Australian soldiers lost during the war in Afghanistan and the 450 South Australian based soldiers from the 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, who have recently deployed to that conflict.

The symbol of Remembrance Day is the red poppy.

Poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of World War I, their red colour an appropriate reminder of the bloodshed forever associated with war.

Lest We Forget