At 11am on the 11th November, 1918, the gun fire ceased on the Western Front. The war that was supposed to end all wars was finally over after four years of destruction and loss of human life. According to the Australian War Memorial, World War One “… had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave.”
While we do, and should, remember fallen soldiers on this day, let’s also remember all those who lost their lives in this war, and all wars. Let’s also remember those whose lives were irreparably damaged, including those who were left widowed when their soldiers didn’t come home, those who lost their sons on the battlefield and those who have been left mentally scared by things they should never have experienced.
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