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