TIME TO PAY RE­SPECTS TO THE FALLEN

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

It’s the 11th of the 11th, and at 11am it’s ex­actly 99 years since World War I ended.

With Re­mem­brance Day com­ing up on its cen­te­nary, now is the time to cre­ate a new fam­ily tra­di­tion with the com­mem­o­ra­tion of this in­ter­na­tional day of im­por­tance.

While An­zac Day will al­ways re­main a spe­cial day for Aus­tralian and New Zealand ser­vice­men and women, the adop­tion of that day by a new gen­er­a­tion can only be re­in­forced by the, well, re­mem­brance of Re­mem­brance Day.

Each year on this day Aus­tralians ob­serve one minute’s si­lence at 11am – the time that the armistice which ended the First World War was signed – in mem­ory of those who died or suf­fered in all wars and armed con­flicts.

This first mod­ern world con­flict brought about the mo­bil­i­sa­tion of more than 70 mil­lion peo­ple and left be­tween nine and 13 mil­lion dead, per­haps as many as one-third of them with no known grave.

The Al­lied na­tions chose this day and time for the com­mem­o­ra­tion of their war dead.

On the first an­niver­sary of the armistice in 1919, two min­utes si­lence was in­sti­tuted as part of the main com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­mony at the new Ceno­taph in Lon­don.

The si­lence was pro­posed by Aus­tralian jour­nal­ist Ed­ward Honey, who was work­ing in Fleet Street.

With the world again in a state of flux, now is the time to re­mem­ber the price that is paid for peace.

There will be ser­vices at RSLs across the Gold Coast at 11am, so find your near­est one – and bring the chil­dren.

Lest we for­get.

WHERE: As­sem­ble at 10.45am at var­i­ous venues in­clud­ing the Ceno­taph in Cav­ill Park be­hind Surfers Par­adise RSL; Me­mo­rial Park Ceno­taph on Con­nor St, Burleigh Heads and An­zac Park, Southport CON­TACT: rslqld.org

PRICE: Free

Each year on this day Aus­tralians ob­serve one minute’s si­lence at 11am – the time mist­ice which ended the First World War was signed – in mem­ory of those who died or suf­fered in all wars.

mist­ice which ended the First World War was signed – in mem­ory of those who died or suf­fered in all wars.

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