Silence falls: Honouring our fallen

SILENCE fell at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month yesterday at the Swan Hill cenotaph. 

More than 300 school children, ex-servicemen and women, community groups and local residents paused to recognise and honour those who lost their lives or were injured serving our country in the line of duty. 

On a warm spring day, the gathered wore a poppy to symbolise remembrance and new life. 

Not only during World War One, but all conflicts where Australians were and are involved.

Remembrance Day had a special significance this year. 

It marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18).

Swan Hill RSL sub-branch president Barry Townley told the crowd at 5am on November 11, 1918, three German Government representatives accepted the Armistice terms presented to them by an allied commander, General Foch of the French Army.

To read more of this story, grab a copy of the November 12 edition of The Guardian. 

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