Remembrance Day (November 11) marks the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. More than 60,000 Australian soldiers were killed in World War One and another 156,000 were wounded or taken as Prisoners of War. Since then, more than 100,000 Australians have died during military service and more than 215,000 have been wounded or captured.
To commemorate their sacrifice, one minute’s silence is observed at annual Remembrance Day services held at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
The solemn gatherings pay tribute to the ANZACs who have died or suffered to serve the nation in wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations around the world. RSL Queensland CEO Chris McHugh said it is particularly important to remember the seven Australian soldiers killed this year while on duty far from home.
“In the past decade, 39 Australian Defence Force personnel aged from 21 to 41 have been killed on duty in Afghanistan,” Mr McHugh said. “More than 240 other soldiers and sailors have suffered amputations, fractures, gunshot wounds, hearing loss or brain injury.
While their losses cannot be remedied, we can honour their sacrifices by ensuring that their mission and their families are not forgotten or neglected.”
Thousands of Queenslanders are expected to attend more than 130 Remembrance Day services across the state on this Sunday 11 November.
District Services as advised by the RSL (Queensland Branch):
Crow’s Nest – William Street, Memorial, Crows Nest 10:45am
Dalby – ANZAC Park, Patrick Street, Dalby 9:30am
Djuan & District – Cenotaph, cnr Hartwig and Mocatta Streets, Goombungee 10:45am
Highfields – Memorial, Highfields Cultural Centre, O’Brien Road, Highfields 10:45am
Millmerran – ANZAC Memorial Park, Herbert Street, Millmerran 10:30am
Oakey – Cnr Campbell and McDonald Streets, Oakey 10:45am
Pittsworth – Shrine, Yandilla Street, Pittsworth 10:45am
Toowoomba & District – Mothers Memorial, Margaret Street, Toowoomba, 10:30am
Further details and donations at www.rslqld.org/