IN the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australians are being encouraged to take a moment to reflect on who they will be thinking about during the minute's silence at 11am on November 11 and share it using the hashtag, #1MS.
Remembrance Day is special to Australians, young and old, for many different reasons and sharing the stories is incredibly important and powerful.
Canungra RSL Sub-Branch president Col Lee said he thinks about the same thing during every memorial silence.
“I reflect on all the mates I served with in the war and especially those who never made it home,” he said.
“That’s what I think about every time we have a minute’s silence.”
Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said he also thinks about those who served.
“I think about, with gratitude, all the young men that had their hopes and dreams snuffed out; the lives never lived, families never had, the lost sons, husbands, fathers and brothers,” he said.
“I think of the carnage and despair they endured to preserve our freedom. And I hope that our country and our children never have to experience the loss of lives and devastation to our society of past conflicts.”
As part of promoting #1MS, Veterans' Affairs minister Darren Chester, joined well-known Australians in expressing why they stop for a minute, including Cate and Bronte Campbell, Johnathan Thurston, Dan Sultan, Les Hill, Curtis McGrath and Bree Bailie, a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force.
“Remembrance Day is special to Australians, young and old, for many different reasons and sharing the stories is incredibly important,” Mr Chester said.
“I have been privileged in my role to attend several commemorative services and listen to the stories of veterans and family members, including who they are commemorating and what they think about during the minute’s silence.
“Many Australians have an ancestor or relative who has served or died in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations and it is this deep personal connection that they remember.
“Others don’t have this personal connection, but stand in silent gratitude to those who sacrificed so much for our nation over the last century.”
This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice — the day the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the greatest war the modern world had ever seen was all but over.
“While this year marks this significant milestone, as a nation we need to ensure the custom of observing a minute of silence continues now and in to the future,” Mr Chester said.
“Remembrance Day is a time for us as a nation to unite in a minute of solemn respect and admiration for those who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
“I strongly encourage all Australians to really think about why they pause on Remembrance Day, to attend their local Remembrance Day services and to stop for a minute’s silence.”