People around the coast and across the nation paused today to remember the lives of loved ones lost in war and conflict.
It was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that the guns of the First World War fell silent on Armistice Day 1918. On the first anniversary of Armistice Day 1919, one minutes silence was instituted as a way to remember those who had not only died but also to remember especially those with ‘no known grave’.
This war, the First World War, was to be the war to end all wars. Sadly, that was not the case. Lives of our service men and women have continued to be lost through the Second World War and subsequent conflicts in Malaysia, Borneo, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and of late Afghanistan.
In recognition of continued sacrifice, Armistice Day became Remembrance Day. A day each year when the nation stops to reflect upon all those who have died or otherwise suffered in Australia's cause in wars and war-like conflicts across the globe.
Mirroring the many ceremonies held across the nation today, Maleny remembered these sacrifices with the assistance of the Fifth Light Horse, Centaur Cadets and contributions by three local schools.
The Remembrance Day address was given by local businessman Graham Hart. He presented a chronology of young country's involvement in war, illustrated from his personal and family experiences and what these mean for him today.
"I am a child of the second world war, I know peace, I value peace and I value the freedom that our men and women went away to make sure that life was better for us. I acknowledge and have a huge respect for those who willingly or otherwise, fought on foreign soil and seas for people like me, like you, to make sure conflict stayed away from our shores," Graham Hart
Like Graham Hart, there would be few families where the impact of war has not made some enduring impression. For many of the young and perhaps not so young attending today, stories continue to be told of family members from generations past that served their country.
Many attending will not have had any direct experience of war. Nevertheless, there is an acute awareness of the sacrifices of their forebears which allow them to cherish the freedoms enjoyed today.
It is in the young people that we see the increasing popularity of Remembrance Day and Anzac Day, reaffirming the memory of the fallen.
"We will remember them”.
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