Remembrance Day 2012

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

~ Laurence Binyon

Lest we forget

11am on November 11th marks Remembrance Day when the armistice was signed by Germany and the Allied powers to end World War One in 1918. This day has become one to pay our respects to fallen countrymen and women in not only World War One but all conflicts since.

Armistice signing 11-11-1918 End of World War One
Armistice signing 11-11-1918

Today I marked the importance of the day by attending the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia. This follows my visit to France in June 2012 to pay my respects to my Great Great Uncles George and Tom Pendlebury who fought and died in the Somme during World War One. They travelled across the world to fight for King and country, never to return home again (you can read more about them in my Australian Heroes at Rest blog).

Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne Victoria November 11 2012
Shrine of Remembrance

Todays ceremony was attended by significant dignitaries of my home state of Victoria including the Governor Alex Chernov, the Premier Ted Baillieu and the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. They were accompanied by military and police commanders, veterans, politicians, the consular corps, a military honour guard, Shrine young ambassadors and many more.

Military & Police Commanders Victoria Remembrance Day
Victorian Military & Police Commanders
Military & Police Commanders Victoria Remembrance Day
Victorian Military & Police Commanders
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle Politicians Remembrance Day Melbourne 2012
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and other political dignitaries
Premier Ted Baillieu Remembrance Day Melbourne Victoria 2012
Premier Ted Baillieu
Military Honour Guard Remembrance Day Melbourne Australia 2012
Military Honour Guard
Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov inspects military Remembrance Day 2012
Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov inspects the military honour guard
RAAF museum flypast remembrance day Melbourne Australia 2012 CT-4 Airtrainer & CAC Winjeel
RAAF museum flypast – CT-4 Airtrainer & CAC Winjeel
Shrine of Remembrance Eternal Flame Honour Guard Melbourne
Eternal Flame Honour Guard

There was cannon fire, bugles, the national anthem, a flyover by historic RAAF aircraft and various speeches and readings to commemorate those that have fought for Australia. Overall it was a very moving ceremony but the most significant moment is always the one minute of silence that pays total respect to all heroes lost in war.

Military Honour Guard Shrine Of Remembrance Victoria 2012
Military Honour Guard departs the Shrine

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kyle Fletcher says:

    You really got some good pictures from the ceremony, they show the various elements of Remembrance day brilliantly, and the Navy Guard looks really good too.

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks Kyle. I was in a good spot right near all the key people etc.

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