A day for us all to honour the fallen
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.