Ser­vice al­lows a chance re­flect on ca­su­al­ties of war

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Lifestyle -

At 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent af­ter more than four years of con­tin­u­ous war­fare.

A peace set­tle­ment had been called for which even­tu­ally led to an un­con­di­tional sur­ren­der and the end of World War I the next year.

The hour, day and month when hos­til­i­ties ceased has be­come as­so­ci­ated around the world as a time to re­mem­ber those who have been lost to war.

Two min­utes si­lence was pop­u­larly adopted and has since be­come a cen­tral fea­ture of com­mem­o­ra­tions on what was for­merly known as Armistice Day.

Af­ter the end of World War II, the Aus­tralian and Bri­tish Gov­ern­ments changed its name to Re­mem­brance Day, with Armistice Day no longer an ap­pro­pri­ate ti­tle for a day which would com­mem­o­rate all war dead.

A Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice will be held on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 11 at 10.30am at the Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Re­turned Ser­vices Club, 7 Dwyer Place, Mil­lars Well.

All are wel­come to at­tend, with the tra­di­tional two min­utes si­lence un­der­taken at 11am.

Res­i­dents are urged to en­cour­age those who can­not make the ser­vice at the RSL to pause at this time and re­mem­ber the ser­vice­men and women lost to war.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the City of Kar­ratha events team on 9186 8666 or email events@ kar­ratha.wa.gov.au.

You can find out more about the his­tory of Re­mem­brance Day on the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial web­site, www.awm.gov.au.

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