The na­tion stops to re­mem­ber our he­roes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of Aus­tralians paused for a minute yes­ter­day to honour Re­mem­brance Day, the 99th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice that ended World War I.

Hun­dreds were at Syd­ney’s Martin Place, in­clud­ing NSW Gov­er­nor David Hurley and state and fed­eral politi­cians.

They in­cluded chief ceno­taph at­ten­dant Wal Scot­tSmith, who at­tended his 77th Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

“My fa­ther served in the first war and the sec­ond war, and I’m tak­ing af­ter him,” the 96-year-old said. “I’m go­ing to re­tire at the dawn ser­vice next year … so I can walk off, not be­ing car­ried off.”

Jan Bren­ton, who was only six when her fa­ther was killed on the Bri­tish sub HMS Un­beaten, said: “You don’t re­alise the years are go­ing to go with­out your fa­ther be­ing in your life.”

Prime Min­is­ter Malcolm Turn­bull joined New Zealand coun­ter­part Jacinda Ardern in Viet­nam to place pop­pies.

Thou­sands flocked to the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial. Among the crowd was 91-yearold Ali­son Aitken, who lost her brother Colin Flock­hart when he was shot down in his Lan­caster bomber in WWII.

Ali­son Aitken.

Wal Scott-Smith.

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