The Snowy Monaro region joined countless other regions across Australia and overseas last Sunday, to honour the centenary of Armistice Day.
One hundred years ago on November 11, at 11am, the armistice to end World War One was signed. The cessation of fighting has been marked on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year ever since. Over the last 100 years, other wars have also been commemorated, as part of Remembrance Day.
Locally, services were held at Bungarby, Berridale, Delegate, Adaminaby, Michelago, Nimmitabel, Cooma and Jindabyne. In Bombala, for the first time, church bells rang out during the one-minute’s silence.
School children and naval cadets participated in our local services in our towns and villages. The national service held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra attracted 12,000 people.
Across the nation, we all declared:
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.
Lest we forget.
A photographic record of local services appears on pages 20 to 22.