REFLECTION: South Burnett residents are encouraged to partake in a Remembrance Day ceremony.
REFLECTION: South Burnett residents are encouraged to partake in a Remembrance Day ceremony. Rob Williams

Remembering those who served our nation

AUSTRALIA will mark a significant milestone in its military history this weekend.

The country will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War, on Sunday November 11.

From a population of around 4.5 million, some 416,000 enlisted for service in the Great War, of whom more than 60,000 never returned.

Wide Bay member Llew O'Brien encourages the community to participate in a commemorative service on November 11 and observe a minute's silence at 11am.

"Over the course of our history, almost two million men and women have worn with pride the uniforms of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force,” he said.

"They have defended our values, secured our freedom and brought peace.”

The community will gather to remember the Australian men and women who served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations since World War I.

More than 102,000 names are listed on the Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour.

"It is also incredibly important to instil an ongoing tradition of remembrance and respect in future generations, and for our Defence Force personnel to know their sacrifices are honoured, now and into the future,” Mr O'Brien said.

Veteran's affairs minister Darren Chester said the Great War affected every community in Australia.

"On November 11 at 11am, the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the most destructive war the modern world had seen was all but over and countries around the world celebrated,” he said.

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