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.
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).
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.
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.