Today on Remembrance Day we pause to commemorate over a century of service, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peace operations in which Australia has been involved.
This year marks 99 years since the Armistice which ended the First World War, this was meant to be the war to end all wars, but alas this was not destined to be.
Not a single community was spared from the tragedy of the First World War. No matter where you go across this great nation, there stands an avenue of trees or a memorial remembering the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today, we pause on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
As we observe one minute’s silence, we do so remembering the bravery, courage, endurance, honour and sacrifice of those who died or suffered for the freedoms we have today.
As we continue to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, we recognise the significant anniversary of 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele and Beersheba.
This year we also recognise 75 years since the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Kokoda Campaign during the Second World War.
We will remember the mothers crippled with grief from losing their sons. The wives who lost their husbands. The fathers, the sisters, the brothers and friends of the men and women who never returned.
We must also remember the hundreds of thousands who came home wounded.
As a nation we must commit to providing support to those who have served our country and have been injured in the process, be it mentally or physically.
Today, we pay tribute to all those who have served and sacrificed their lives.
Australia salutes the courage and honours the sacrifice of all who served.
Lest We Forget.