Celebrating our freedom
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.