Nation to honour our war dead
ONE hundred years ago they thought they had seen the “war to end all wars”.
Today, Australia’s leaders will gather at the National War Memorial, which is now being expanded to fit in all the many other wars fought since.
Armistice Day 1918 was the end of the Great War, now known as World War I.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will address a crowd at the National War Memorial, which will get a $500 million expansion during the next nine years. The memorial was originally built to mark World War I, but it was expanded to include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and others. It has run out of room already. More than 102,000 Australians are named on the Roll of Honour. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester hopes all Australians take a minute’s silence at 11am to remember the more than 60,000 soldiers who never returned from World War I, as well as those currently serving.
From dawn to dusk today a beam of light will be projected from the Australian War Memorial to Parliament House, changing from white, pink and red.
An evening vigil will also be held at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.