Pause on 11th to remember fallen
THE 93rd anniversary of the signing of the First World War armistice and that conflict's end is a unique moment in time.
Which is why the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2011 will mark a time when our nation pauses to remember a period of loss, heroism, carnage and victory, during which many of our young men and women sacrificed their lives to bring the Great War to an end.
This is known as Remembrance Day. And the Currumbin RSL would reflect upon human losses in every war and conflict in which Australia had been represented, said president Ron Workman OAM.
"As Australians and New Zealanders, we will always remember them on this special day," Mr Workman said.
Next Friday's Remembrance Day service at the Currumbin RSL will commence with the White Cross of Remembrance Ceremony at 10.10am.
Community members who have lost loved ones in the years since they served or as a direct result of war are invited to lay a white cross. Mr Workman said the Cenotaph Service would commence at 10.30am with the ceremonial parties taking their place at the cenotaph.
"(This will be) followed by the formal proceedings, which lead up to the bell tolls and the bugler playing the Last Post.
"The remembrance service will conclude at about 11.40am with the release of white doves, for peace on earth, and the traditional Albert Battery volley fire of remembrance for fallen comrades out of respect for our own, who have fallen before this day. This day is for reflecting on those who gave their lives for us to be where we are today: living in peace in the most beautiful country on earth," he said.
Special guests at this year's service include Keith Payne VC (and his wife), Kokoda Challenge Association founder Doug Henderson and the 53rd Militia's Clarrie Meredith, who fought at Kokoda in 1942 and was invited to welcome back 60 young men and women who took part in the Kokoda Challenge in Papua New Guinea this year.