Hundreds mark Rememberance Day

In services across the country, Australians paused for a minute’s silence at 11am to remember the sacrifice of those who died in wars and conflicts in the past 100 years.

In Canberra, crowds gathered at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra ahead of a march and parade commemorating the anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11, 1918.

In Sydney, more than 300 people including children, servicemen and women gathered at the Cenotaph as Premier Morris Iemma and the state governor, Professor Marie Bashir, prepare to lay wreaths.

Senator Bill Heffernan represented the Prime Minister and
Don Rowe, state president of the RSL, was expected to read the Ode.

Elsewhere in New South Wales, there were services at war memorials in Penrith, Gosford, Wollongong, Ballina, Cowra,
Bathurst, Lismore and Grafton.

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu will put differences and electioneering aside when they attended a ceremony at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.

Hundreds of wreaths were to be laid at memorials across Victoria
while buglers played the Last Post.

Victorian governor Professor David de Kretser laid a wreath
and led the recitation of The Ode at the Shrine of Remembrance, as
thousands of Victorians paused for a minute’s silence.

Earlier, RSL state president David McLachlan said numbers attending the ceremony at the Shrine were expected to be down with many schools having attended a special ceremony held on Friday.

Mr McLachlan said Remembrance Day was the second most poignant day for returned servicemen after Anzac Day.

“It’s a very simple ceremony but very meaningful,” he said.

Several hundred people have attended Brisbane’s Remembrance Day ceremony at ANZAC square.

It was one of two major ceremonies in Queensland, with the other
taking place in ANZAC Park in Townsville.

The Brisbane ceremony was attended by acting state Premier
Anna Blight, Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and RSL state president, Doug Hornby.

Twenty-two official wreath layers and soldiers in historic uniforms took part in the ceremony which was followed by a tree planting for the National Avenues Honour Project.