A moment of silence for the fallen

THOUSANDS of people across the country will stop for a moment of silence today, as they pause to remember the brave sacrifices made by so many.

Today is Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

People across Australia will observe one minute silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.


There will be many services across the Gold Coast, including at all local RSL Clubs. Below is a list of other services that could be close to you:

WHERE: Burleigh Heads (Corner of Gold Coast Highway and Connor Street)
WHEN: 10:50am

WHERE: Coolangatta (Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade)
WHEN: 10:45am

WHERE: Currumbin-Palm Beach (Duringan Street)
WHEN: 9:30am

WHERE: Helensvale (Club Helensvale, Discovery Drive)
WHEN: 10:30am

WHERE: Mudgeeraba (Elsie Laver Park, Pailway Street)
WHEN: 10:45am

WHERE: Surfers Paradise (Cavill Park, Cavill Avenue)
WHEN: 10:50am

WHERE: Tweed Heads (Wharf Street)
WHEN: 9:45am

At the War Memorial in Canberra, former Prime Minister John Howard delivered a formal address.

In it he paid his respects to his father, Lyall, and paternal grandfather, Walter, who both served during World War I.

Today the former PM recalled an entry from his father’s diary dated August 19.  It detailed how Mr Howard’s grandad met up with his eldest child on the battle field.

The Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin was a battle on the Western Front during World War I.

As part of the Allied counter-offensives on the Western Front in the late summer of 1918, the Australian Corps crossed the Somme River on the night of August 31, and broke the German lines at Mont Saint-Quentin and Péronne.

The British Fourth Army’s commander, General Henry Rawlinson, described the Australian advances of August 31 – September 4 as the greatest military achievement of the war.

During the battle Australian troops stormed, seized and held the key height of Mont Saint-Quentin, a pivotal German defensive position on the line of the Somme.

For more check out Wikipedia.