Queenslanders reflect on those who made ultimate sacrifice
QUEENSLANDERS across regional towns and cities will pause today to reflect and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War.
People across the state will observe a minute silence at 11am to honour the memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
RSL (Queensland Branch) CEO Chris McHugh said while Remembrance Day recalls a declaration of peace 95-years-ago it sadly did not signify an end to conflict.
"Remembrance Day is one of the most solemn days on the national calendar," he said.
"Forty Australian soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan and a further 261 wounded.
"Many more are coming home from service with psychological scars and whole communities are dealing with the social and financial impacts of deployment.
"At 11am, join your local service and spare a though for those who have made such a great sacrifice."
Federal Veterans' Affairs Minister Senator Michael Ronaldson urged all Queenslanders to take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served by wearing a red poppy in honour of them.
"This moment will forever live in our history," he said.
"Each year we gather as a nation and pause to remember those who served in the 'war to end all wars' and in every conflict since.
"We especially honour the more than 102,000 people who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
For further information, or to locate a Remembrance Day service, click here.