Australia Paused for Remembrance Day

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Bunga Poppy Photo: War Memorial, Canberra, Australia

Bunga Poppy Photo: War Memorial, Canberra, Australia

Remembrance Day in Australia is an occasion to commemorate and remember all Australians who have died as a result of war. Ceremonies will be held around the country to recognise the sacrifices of Australians in war.

Australia made sacrifices on a stupendous scale in World War I, which was the crucible in which the nation’s identity was forged, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says in his Remembrance Day message.

Remembrance Day falls on the 11th of November each year. On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.

This year 11 November marks the 96th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Fairfield Advance reported that a Remembrance Day service at Smithfield RSL is one of four held in our region today.

Smithfield RSL members Hugh McDermott, Bill Cruwys, Doug Clarke and John Rowe.

Smithfield RSL members Hugh McDermott, Bill Cruwys, Doug Clarke and John Rowe.

The service began as a ceremony marking the signing of the ­armistice which occurred on November 11, 1918, and ended World War I.

Smithfield RSL subbranch president Bill Cruwys said on Remembrance Day his thoughts are with the men he had served with.

‘You think of the good times you had,” he said.

“You don’t think of the … warlike things,” he said.

The Fairfield West ­resident served in Malaya from 1959-62 and in Vietnam from 1966-67 as a military ­policeman.

“When we came back from Vietnam we were treated like lepers,” he said.

“It’s more accepted these days.”