Lest we for­get


Southern Telegraph - - Front Page -

Sun­day will mark the Cen­te­nary of Armistice. For a full list of the re­gion’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices, see

One hun­dred years ago on Novem­ber 11, the guns on the West­ern Front fell silent af­ter four years of bloody con­flict.

Af­ter ac­cept­ing the terms pre­sented by the French army, the Ger­mans signed an armistice bring­ing an end to the war which claimed more than 62,000 Aus­tralian lives.

The armistice was signed be­tween 5.12am and 5.20am in a rail­way car­riage in Com­piegne, France, by the British First Sealord Ad­mi­ral Ross­lyn We­myss and the Mar­shal of France, Al­lied Supreme Com­man­der Fer­di­nand Foch.

It came into ef­fect at 11am, mark­ing the end of World War I.

In Aus­tralia, big crowds gath­ered in cap­i­tal cities to cel­e­brate the end of con­flict, which al­lied na­tions later chose to com­mem­o­rate each year on the an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the armistice.

Af­ter World War II, the Aus­tralian and British gov­ern­ments changed the name to Re­mem­brance Day to hon­our all war dead.

Kwinana Re­turned and Ser­vices League sub branch’s Ian Turner en­cour­aged peo­ple to wear red pop­pies this Sun­day in re­mem­brance of mil­i­tary per­son­nel who gave their lives.

“Pop­pies are an im­por­tant fea­ture in the his­tory of Re­mem­brance Day,” he said.

“The Re­mem­brance poppy comes from the World War I poem In Flan­ders Fields, which men­tions the red pop­pies that grew around graves at Flan­ders, Bel­gium.”

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Kwinana Re­turned and Ser­vices League sub branch's Ian Turner and vice-pres­i­dent David Spill­man.

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