The following is a collection of photographs from World War I, obtained by the Manning River Times.
The collection features scenes from major battles across the Western Front such as Gallipoli, Ypres, Bellincourt, Menin Road, Passhendaele, Villers Bretonneux and the Somme. This collection includes captions and dates.
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Remembrance Day 100th anniversary
From Vetaffairs Spring edition
At 11am on November 11, 2018 Australians will pause to mark 100 years since the signing of the First World War Armistice. It will be the final significant commemorative occasion of the Anzac Centenary 2014-18.
Australians will attend major events all over the world, including ceremonies at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission St Symphorien Cemetery near Monds, Belguim; the Menin Gate in Ypres; the Centotaph and later at Westminster Abbey in London; and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Heads of state and representatives from more than 80 countries will visit France for the Paris Peace Forum, inspired by the 1918 promise of ‘Never Again’, November 11-13.
And in small communities around Australia, residents will gather to remember the sacrifices made by families in their regions during the First World War, many through projects supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
The Armistice between the Allies and Germany came into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918. When news reached Australia, bells rang out and crowds gathered to celebrate. Later, after the Second World War, November 11 became Remembrance Day, a time to commemorate war dead from all conflicts.
This year, as the Anzac Centenary period reaches its conclusion, the nation will salute the bravery, mateship and sacrifice of the almost two million men and women who have worn the uniforms of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force over a remarkable century of service.
The idea of observing a short silence on Armistice Day was first suggested in a 1919 letter published in the London Evening News by an Australian journalist.
In 1997, a proclamation urging all Australians to observe a minute’s silence on Remembrance Day waas issued by the then Governor General, Sir William Deane. It has been observed each year since.
Occasions such as Remembrance Day can be difficult for some veterans and their families. DVA encourages those affected to call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.
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Message from the Minister of Veterans Affairs
One hundred years ago, on November 11, 1918, the Armistice that ended the fighting during the First World War was signed with Germany.
After more than four years of brutal fighting in the most destructive war the modern world had seen, the guns fell silent, and people around the world rejoiced.
But it came at a great cost, and for Australia, of the some 416,000 who enlisted for service more than 60,000 died—the effects of which were felt in every community, large and small, around the country.
In the years that followed the war, November 11 was known as Armistice Day and two minutes of solemn silence was observed at 11am.
Today, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day, and it stands as the day we remember the men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over a century of service.
This Remembrance Day, I urge all Australians in communities across the nation to wear a red Flanders Poppy and to stop for a minute’s silence to remember these brave men and women.
We should also remember those who returned home carrying with them the scars of their service, and the family members who cared for them. And we thank those currently serving in the Australian Defence Force and on peacekeeping operations.
As a nation we should all show our gratitude for the sacrifice of those who have bravely served and died. For a century we have remembered them and we will ensure they are remembered still.
Lest we forget.
Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
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