Recall the ultimate sacrifice

TOMORROW we are all asked to observe Remembrance Day to honour the sacrifice of all those who have died for Australia.

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

On November 11 at 11am the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.

This day celebrates the ending of resentments for the Great War (World War I), the Signing of Resolution, which happened on November 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919 two minutes of silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony at the new Cenotaph in London.

The poppy was selected as a sign of Remembrance Day owing to the poppies that bloomed on the battlefields during World War I.

After the ending of World War II, in 1945, the British and Australian governments altered the name to Remembrance Day as a suitable name for a day which would remember all conflict dead.

And in the year of 1997 in October, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir William Deane, made a public statement declaring “November 11 as Remembrance Day and urging Australians to observe one minute's silence at 11am on Remembrance Day each year to remember the sacrifice of those who died or otherwise suffered in Australia's cause in wars and war-like conflicts.”


Maryborough – Cenotaph, Queens Park, Sussex Street, from 10.40am

Hervey Bay – Cenotaph, Main Street, at 11am

Burrum district – Cenotaph, corner William and Steley streets, Howard, at 11am

Tiaro – Cenotaph, Mayne Street, at 10.45am

Toogoom and district – Toogoom Community Hall at 10.45am

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