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7th November 2020

Never Forgotten: Remembrance Day 2020

Photo Credit: Bibleway Christian Academy

Every year on 11th of November, we remember our brave soldiers who fought and died in the line of duty during wartime – originating from the First World War. 

At 11am on this day in 1918, the guns fell silent over the Western Front after more than four continuous years of warfare. German troops called for an armistice (suspension of  fighting) to secure a peace settlement, accepting allied terms that eventually led to their unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has remained a significant time of remembrance post-war.

Photo Credit: Aging With Freedom

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919, the two minutes’ silence was initiated as part of the main commemoration ceremony in London, which later became a universal and integral element of commemoration among the allied nations. 

It has been 102 years since the armistice of the First World War, and every year since, we remember our fallen heroes, for their bravery and sacrifice to allow the freedom of our nation today.

Crowd on Armistice Day in Sydney, 1919 – 1 year on from WW1
Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

 

Each day at the Australian War Memorial, stories of fallen servicemen or women from the Roll of Honour are told at the Last Post Ceremony. Traditionally, the eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier is read aloud – this being the 27th anniversary since it was first delivered. 

Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial will hold a nationally televised commemorative ceremony on Remembrance Day. The event will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC. As always, the service will include the laying of wreaths, as well as a minute’s silence on the 11th hour. 

Wear a poppy to symbolise your own hope and Remembrance, to honour service persons past and present, and show support to the Armed Forces community. 

Poppies became a well-established symbol of Remembrance Day. During WW1, much of the fighting occurred in Western Europe, where once beautiful landscapes were turned to muddy, barren scenes where nothing could ever grow.

However, there was one striking exception – the red Flanders poppy. The resilience of the flower allowed them to flourish amongst the chaos and carnage, growing in their thousands across the fields of France. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

Join the Commemoration event for Remembrance Day in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this Wednesday 11th November, with a free tour of the Goldfields War Museum from 1:30pm-2:30. Located at the Boulder Town Hall on Burt Street. 

Remembrance Day 2020 Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB Town Hall Museum Goldfields

Photo Credit: Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre

 

We hope to see our local community taking part in honouring our dedicated service persons this Remembrance Day. Share with us the traditions or celebrations taking place in your house this week with #welovekb!

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB