A day to remember those who served

World War 1 soldiers march from Spencer St along Collins St, Melbourne. Photo: State Library of Victoria

This year, the world will commemorate 103 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front in World War 1 (known as the Great War) at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (11am, November 11) of 1918.

On Remembrance Day, Australian remembers more than 102,000 of its countrymen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country in war, conflicts, on operations and in training.

Remembrance Day was originally known as Armistice Day; a day to remember those killed in the Great War.

After World War 2, it was changed to Remembrance Day to commemorate those killed in both world wars.

In 1997, a proclamation was issued declaring November 11 as a day to remember all those who have died in wars and conflicts.

This year commemorates a number of significant campaigns and operations in which Australians fought and died.

These include:

  • 30 years since the start of Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion in January 1991;
  • 70 years since the Battle of Kapyong in Korea on April 23, 1951;
  • 80 years since recruiting began for the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion in May 1941 – the only Indigenous Australian battalion formed in the Australian Army (which had 36 members die during active service during World War 2);
  • 55 years since the Battle of Long Tan in South Vietnam on August 18, 1966;
  • 80 years since the Battle of Crete in May 1941 in which 646 Australians and more than 8000 Greek civilians died; and
  • 20 years since Australian forces were committed to the war in Afghanistan in November 2001 (where 41 Australians were killed, and 261 wounded between 2001 and 2014. Sadly many more have since taken their own lives after returning from their service).

To remember all those who served (and their families), Sale RSL will facilitate the annual Sale Remembrance Day service at the Sale Cenotaph in Macalister St next Thursday, November 11, from 10.45am.

All are welcome.

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