Australian Defence Force personnel at home and abroad paused on the 99th anniversary of the Armistice today, in memory of all those who have died in all wars.
Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial where Australia’s Federation Guard and the Royal Military College Duntroon Band were on parade along with members of the local veterans’ community.
Today also signals the start of the final year of the Anzac Centenary.
“Throughout 2017 we have commemorated the 100th anniversary of significant World War One battles and the terrible losses on the Western Front. We have also marked 75 years since major World War Two battles in the Pacific.
“On Remembrance Day, we remember the sacrifice of more than 102,000 Australians whose names are recorded on Australia’s Roll of Honour and we acknowledge the ongoing suffering of those who returned. It is also a day to recognise all those who have served in historic and contemporary conflicts as well as those on operations today.
“Almost 2,300 Australian Defence Force personnel are currently deployed on operations around the world. They remind us that service and sacrifice are not confined to past generations, but continue with the current generation of service personnel.
“Over the next year we will continue to honour our World War One servicemen and women, but Australians can also be proud of the work our sailors, soldiers, airmen and women conduct on behalf of our nation today. Like those before them, this generation is widely respected for its skill and professionalism, even in the most difficult circumstances,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.