On Sunday 11th of November Australia will fall silent to mark the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, when, after four brutal years of warfare, a peace settlement was reached.
Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet is encouraging the community to pay their respects to Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen and observe a minute’s silence at 11am on the day.
“On November 11 it is always important to pause and remember those who gave so much for our country,” Mr Perrottet said.
”This year we mark the centenary of the armistice and while the men and women from that time are now all gone, their sacrifice will never be forgotten, nor their deeds which shaped our great nation.”
The First World War remains Australia’s most devastating war resulting in 60,000 deaths and 156,000 wounded, gassed or captured.
Visit https://www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/ to find out how you can commemorate Remembrance Day in your local area.
In recognition of the anniversary and the completion of the Anzac Memorial Centenary Extension, the NSW Government’s official Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney.
At the conclusion of the service, all attendees are invited to explore the enhanced Memorial, in particular the new Hall of Service which displays 1701 samples of soil taken from around NSW where people enlisted for the First World War.
You can register to attend the event here.
NSW Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott said that this year, our nation would pause and remember all those who died in the Great War, Second World War and in all conflicts since.
“I encourage everyone, no matter where you are, to take a minute to pause and commemorate brave servicemen and servicewomen from every country who lost their lives in war and armed conflicts,” Mr Elliott said.