This Sunday marks the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, when, after four brutal years of warfare, a peace settlement was reached.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages the community to pay their respects to Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen and observe a minute’s silence at 11am this Sunday, 11 November, marking 100 years since the Armistice.
“At 11am on 11 November 1918, fighting was suspended and there were huge celebrations across the world. This Sunday, 11 November 2018, our community will come together again to reflect on the events which shaped our history,” Mr Fraser said.
The First World War remains Australia’s most devastating war resulting in 60,000 deaths and 156,000 wounded, gassed or captured.
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.
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.
“This Sunday 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.
For more, visit https://www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au/