On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Farrer communities will join the nation to mark a significant milestone in our military history; commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the conflict from 1914-18 affected every community, large and small, in what was a very young nation.
“From a population of around 4.5 million, some 416,000 enlisted for service in the Great War, of whom more than 60,000 would never return.”
“On 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the most destructive war the modern world had seen was all but over and countries around the world celebrated,” Mr Chester said.
Farrer MP Sussan Ley today encouraged local communities to participate in a local commemorative service on 11 November, to observe a minute’s silence at 11am, to remember the Australian men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
“100 years on we again pause to remember the relative a family would never get to see grow old – fathers, brothers, uncles lost to battle, a future and life taken or irreparably altered in a foreign field far, far away.”
“It is also incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians so our Defence Force personnel know their sacrifices are honoured, now and into the future,” Ms Ley concluded.
For information on local services, you can search for a commemoration through the Centenary of ANZAC website or please contact my electorate office.