Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day 2011 - 93rd Anniversary of the Armistice


The hostilities of the First World War came to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice, and it is on this day that we remember our fallen soldiers. After the end of World War II, the name 'Armistice Day' was changed to 'Remembrance Day' and it remains a day where we honour the memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts throughout our history. 

Each year the Department of Veterans’ Affairs produces a commemorative poster for Remembrance Day. This year’s Remembrance Day poster marks the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), commemorated on 10 July 2011. The poster features a central image of an unidentified Petty Officer who had served at least three years at sea during the First World War. This is surrounded by contemporary images honouring the role and contribution of the Royal Australian Navy in Australian wartime history and its strength as part of the Defence Force today.  

Since 1911, the RAN has played an important role both in Australia’s defence and on offensive operations. This began with ships of the RAN assisting in capturing German colonies in the Pacific during the First World War. 

While the RAN lost no surface ships during that conflict, the Second World War proved more costly and involved Australian vessels in regular combat from the Mediterranean, through the Indian Ocean and into the waters around Southeast Asia and northern Australia. 

In Korea, the RAN played a vital role, providing gunfire support for United Nations ground troops, attacking North Korean shore-based positions and employing the Fleet Air Arm in combat operations from the deck of HMAS Sydney. 

During the Vietnam War, the RAN carried troops and provided gunfire against enemy targets on land. Today, members of the RAN are serving in operations in Afghanistan, the Sudan, the Middle East and East Timor, as well as taking in the task of protecting Australia’s borders.

Images are courtesy of the Department of Defence and the Sea Power Centre. Visit the Department of Veteran Affairs for more information. Also, be sure to visit The Bride's Diary for more about the history of Remembrance Day. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Have a lovely day!… Anna