A day for us all to hon­our the fallen

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TO­MOR­ROW will mark the Cen­te­nary of the Armistice, when 100 years ago mil­lions of men laid down their guns.

On Novem­ber 11, 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the war to end all wars was of­fi­cially over.

To­mor­row the na­tion will stop to re­flect on the ser­vice of our men and women, and on the mean­ing of war and its im­pacts on mil­i­tary per­son­nel and civil­ians alike.

Re­mem­brance Day is al­ways a mov­ing oc­ca­sion with prayer and the lay­ing of wreaths.

We stop, filled with grat­i­tude for the free­doms we en­joy be­cause of those noble sac­ri­fices.

In this gar­ri­son city we have a long and proud his­tory of ser­vice.

There are nearly 7000 serv­ing Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel in this town, not to men­tion the vet­er­ans who call Townsville home, and all their fam­i­lies.

Dur­ing the minute of si­lence you may choose to think about the sac­ri­fice of those brave sol­diers.

You might think about your fam­ily mem­ber who was de­ployed to the other side of the world.

Or you may just feel grate­ful for the free­doms we en­joy to­day that were paid for by ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fices.

As 100 years have passed those men and women who lived the hor­ror of World War I have left us but their sto­ries live on, hav­ing been passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

What is im­por­tant is that no mat­ter how much time passes we never stop re­mem­ber­ing the cost of war and those who gave ev­ery­thing to keep us safe.

Ev­ery­one can play a part in pay­ing re­spects and en­sur­ing his­tory is never for­got­ten.

Wear your pop­pies with pride and pause to think about all wars and cam­paigns, and the men and women who fought in them on both sides.

Lest we for­get.

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