The nation stops to remember our heroes
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.