Every year at 11am on November 11 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – we stop what we’re doing and observe a minute’s silence for those who have died in conflicts, especially soldiers from as far back as World War I.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. At the time, the world welcomed peace as thousands returned home to their loved ones amid much fanfare. There were unfortunately thousands more who never made the journey home.
While this year may be a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can all show our appreciation by wearing a poppy, listening to Last Post, and observing a minute’s silence. Even though we’re unable to mark this year’s Remembrance Day by gathering at the Shrine of Remembrance or memorials across the Peninsula, you’re welcome to honour the memory of homecoming, reunion and sacrifice and join the live streamed broadcast at 10.45am on Wednesday, November 11, through the Shrine’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Visit www.shrine.org.au/remembrance-day-2020 to find out more.
You can also download a template to make your own Remembrance Day messenger bird with the children at home – perhaps adding a special message for someone you miss. Birds have been used for centuries to carry messages to people separated by distance, especially during wartime when they would carry information across enemy lines.
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing on November 11 this year, take a minute to pause, remember and give thanks for the thousands of men and women who paid the ultimate price so that we could enjoy the peace and freedoms we often take for granted. Lest we forget.