At 11am on the 11th of November 1918 the guns fell silent on what to date had been the greatest conflict in human history, World War I. It unfortunately was never going to be the end of major human conflict as many believed. It however was the end of many young lives who gave theirs in the service of their country.
Australia played a very significant role in the conflict we have come to call the Great War. They survived the odds on the Turkish Peninsula for nine months and from there went onto fight in many of the major battles on the Western Front, serving with distinction amongst the Allied forces.
As my Anzacs of World War One web site notes:
In the 4 years of War approximately 416,809 had joined up and of these 313,814 had embarked for duty overseas. 65% of these were killed or wounded compared to 51% for Britain, 50% for Canada and 59% for New Zealand. Nearly 40% of all Australian males 18 – 44 voluntarily enlisted. One in five or 63,163 died on active service during the war.
At this time of year we pause for a short period of time to remember those who did not come home. We remember those who did return but were mortally scarred by the experience. We remember that because of their sacrifice we hope to never have to face the horrors they did when called on by their country.
Many paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today, so take a moment and remember all those who served and are still serving. Let’s say thanks and never forget the role they played in shaping our nation and what we enjoy today.
Lest We Forget