Unique date to remember
NOVEMBER 11 is a time to remember people you've never known but who are responsible for the freedoms you enjoy today and tomorrow.
Remembrance Day 2011 commemorates the signing of World War One's armistice.
The end of that conflict falls on a significant date this year.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of a century's 11th year will likely never be seen again by anyone at Burleigh's Memorial Park tomorrow, RSL Sub-branch president Chris Keating said.
"The guard will mount at 10.50am," Mr Keating said.
"It will feature 133 army cadet units from PBC High, I believe.
"Weather is always a contributing factor for old Diggers coming out, but we normally get a few hundred.
"Burleigh State School is sending a contingent of students.
"I think Miami High is trying to, but it's not confirmed."
Mr Keating is himself a Vietnam War veteran and worked on planes ferrying troops to and from the war zone.
He said it was important to reflect on the 32 young Australian lives lost in Afghanistan during the ongoing conflict's 10 years.
"It's tragic really, but that's war.
"We're lucky our troops are so highly trained.
"We're hoping to have some ex-POWs (prisoners of war).
"Though numbers are dwindling, there's usually some.
"Though Remembrance Day is officially about conflicts since and including World War One we'll be remembering the 600 who died in the Boer War, through all the conflicts, to the 100,000 who've died since then."
As to whether people should be grateful to our men and women currently in Afghanistan, Mr Keating pondered for a while.
"I think so, though opinions differ on that.
"At the moment the powers that be say we need to be there to establish democracy; that we're there to help.
"I know our World War Two chaps, most of those fellows would still have been serving overseas until 1946 (a year after the war ended) and, for Remembrance Day, they would have stood fast for a minute's silence," the president of eight years said.