Cel­e­brat­ing our free­dom


The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Saturday Extra -

is­tory’s most cel­e­brated si­lence fell upon the West­ern Front at 11am on the 11th of No­vem­ber, 1918, mark­ing the end of what was, to that date, the world’s dead­li­est war.

To­mor­row we will com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of that si­lence with re­spect­ful and solemn si­lences of our own at Re­mem­brance Day events across the na­tion.

In Can­berra, Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son and La­bor leader Bill Shorten will ob­serve Re­mem­brance Day rit­u­als be­fore ad­dress­ing at­ten­dees at the Na­tional War Memo­rial.

Our War Memo­rial was built as a mon­u­ment to Aus­tralian ser­vice­men and women in World War I, then ex­panded to hon­our those who fought and died in sub­se­quent global and for­eign con­flicts.

Poignantly, the memo­rial will ex­pand fur­ther dur­ing com­ing years to also hon­our those who have served in more re­cent wars and mil­i­tary ac­tions.

The sym­bol­ism and rev­er­ence as­so­ci­ated with Re­mem­brance Day, of course, is al­ready na­tion­wide, and em­braces ev­ery Aus­tralian who has stepped for­ward in de­fence of free­dom.

It is a day as big as Aus­tralia it­self.

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