This Remembrance Day
Today, Australians nationwide will unite to reflect on and remember the devastating impact of war and conflict. This year marks the 105th anniversary of the Armistice, which ended fighting in the First World War.
In 1918, Australia made a promise to never forget the service and sacrifice of the some 330,000 Australians who served overseas and the more than 60,000 who died. For a country with a small population of less than 5 million in 1914, this was a significant loss that impacted the nation.
The repercussions of the war were deeply felt on home soil. Many communities grappled with the profound loss of so many men, and women increasingly assumed the physical, emotional and financial burden of working and caring for their families during these trying times.
Those who lost their lives in the First World War are among some 103,000 Australians whose names appear on the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour.
Remembrance Day remains a poignant reminder of the profound cost of war and the importance of peace. This day serves as an opportunity to remember the fallen and honour their service to our country.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, one minute of silence is observed in Australia and across the world acknowledging the significant loss of life through war and conflict.
For many veterans and their families, Remembrance Day can be a difficult time. If you need support, please reach out to Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 or www.OpenArms.gov.au
For more information on Remembrance Day, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Anzac Portal.
We will remember them. Lest we forget.