Good Morning …. Welcome to our Remembrance Day Ceremony. I am Glenn Mostyn President of the Sherwood/Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch and this morning I will be your master of ceremonies.
In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th Day of November, the guns fell silent on the Western Front. After four long years of continuous gunfire and the tragedy that was the slaughter of a generation, the guns fell silent. In all 61,966 Australians had lost their lives and a further 152,171 had been wounded. Of the 416,809 Australians who enlisted in the war, more than 51% were killed or wounded and of all who served, there would not have been any who did not bear the physical or mental scares of that conflict. The extent of the tragedy that was WW1 is evident in the fact that over 37 million military and civilian lives were lost on all sides.
The 11th of November, originally called Armistice Day, saw the observance of a two minutes silence. One for the dead and one for the living. Today we call this day Remembrance Day, and we pause at this hour of this day, to remember the 102,784 Australians who have paid the supreme sacrifice, this figure is inclusive of the 40 who have lost their lives in our most recent conflict in Afghanistan.
On behalf of the Sherwood/Indooroopilly Sub-Branch I welcome you to this Remembrance Day Ceremony, where we pay tribute to all Australians who gave their lives in the service of our country. We also pause to think of those currently serving overseas and pray for their safe return.