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Chris Gholson

Forever grateful on Memorial Day

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Remember those who have fallen for us. Without their brave actions, we would not have the freedom and things we all enjoy. Thank you to you all, past and present. 

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This is the Australian equivalent of Memorial Day and why it is so important                                                           Origins of Remembrance Day                                                                                                                        Why is this day special to Australians?

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

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Thank you!

Those numbers are truly staggering.   We should be aware of and grateful to all those who sacrificed.   

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