Friday, November 11, 2005

Remembrance Day

Today was Remembrance Day (11 November) which marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute's silence at 11am on 11 November in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. All across Australia places of work and elsewhere fall silent for a minute. People also wear Red Poppies as a reminder.

In 1993, on 11 November, Australia's Unknown Soldier from the First World War was interred at the Australian War Memorial. The Prime Minister at the time, the Hon. Paul J Keating delivered one of the most moving speeches ever written. Excerpt -
The Unknown Soldier honours the memory of all those men and women who laid down their lives for Australia. His tomb is a reminder of what we have lost in war and what we have gained.

You can read this speech (eulogy) in full (and listen to audio) here - 1993 Remembrance Day speech.

More information on Remembrance Day from - Australian War Memorial.

Today there are too many people who have no knowledge about the First World War and what we are Remembering (Remembrance Day in Australia and other Commonwealth countries, Armistice Day in France, and Veterans' Day in the United States).

Like my human said once to me, everybody should pay a visit to a war cemetary from the First World War. It is very humbling and moving to see all the gravestones of boys and young men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Florence War Cemetary (which my human visited during the northern summer in 2000)

If your human has any relatives, old family friends etc who fought and died during the First World War in the Western Front, they can search for burial locations from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Friday. Woohoo! After my dinner tonight, I had a nice little nap on the couch with my human (he was catching up on some sleep from the very long day yesterday!). I also had some lamb for dinner. Double Woohoo!

I think tonight, I am going to just lie on my human's lap while we watch Earth vs the Spider (it was a bargain basement priced DVD).


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