Queensland families are being asked to pause their usual Saturday morning routines tomorrow [SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11] to honour the memory of thousands of men and women who have served in Australia’s wars and conflicts.
The annual minute’s silence at 11am on November 11 commemorates the moment the guns finally fell silent on the battlefields of Europe in 1918, bringing to an end the carnage of the First World War.
More than 60,000 Australian Anzacs lost their lives in the 1914-18 war and a further 156,000 were gassed, wounded or taken prisoner.
RSL Queensland State President Stewart Cameron CSC said the minute’s silence on Remembrance Day was a gesture of appreciation to all who have fought and died for Australia.
“Most Queenslanders will be busy on Saturday morning – taking the kids to cricket, going shopping or catching up with friends and family,” Mr Cameron said.
“But I ask all Queenslanders to stop whatever they are doing at 11am for just one minute to reflect on the incredible sacrifice others have made for them.
“We are only free to lead the lives we enjoy today because of the courage and selflessness of Australia’s servicemen and women. Please remember them.”
The state’s largest Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane’s Anzac Square, but commemoration services will also be held in dozens of communities across Queensland.
A full list of Queensland’s other Remembrance Day events can be found at www.rslqld.org.