Today is Remembrance Day – a day when in Australia and around the world, we observe a one minute silence to remember the men and women who have fought and possibly died in war.
World War 1 lasted from 4 August 1914 until 11 November 1918. The Allies (that was, the British Empire, France, Italy, and Russia) fought with the Central Powers (that was Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria) for four years.
At this time, the Australian population was only five million. 61,720 Australian men and women died and more than 155,000 had been wounded or taken as prisoners of war. Australia made a major sacrifice for the Allied War effort.
In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I ended and all fighting ceased. On this day, the Armistice was signed, which signaled the defeat of the Central Powers.
We continue to observe this day as ‘Remembrance Day’. The red poppy we wear has become the symbol of remembrance as it brought life, hope color and reassurance to those fighting.
At the end of this terrible war, King George the 5th requested that “a complete suspension of all our normal activities” be observed so that “in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated’ to honor the sacrifices made by so many.
Now is the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when it is time to we remember all who have served in wars and peacekeeping activities around the world.
They shall grow not old as we who 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.
Thank you to Hollie Dunstan and the Year Five children who represented Cranbourne Carlisle at the service in Cranbourne today. Thanks also to Ciane Brewster and the Year Five children who created the beautiful wreath, whicih was presented at the service.