Four years of centenary commemorations of the “war to end all wars” ended with the 100th Remembrance Day marking hundred years since the end of the First World War.
In Mount Isa and right across the country and the nations that fought the war, people stopped to remember the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” when the guns fell silent after four years of war.
Mount Isa RSL president Tony Smith welcomed a large crowd on a hot morning saying the day was in honour of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country in the First World War and those conflicts that followed.
“Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice,” Mr Smith said. “On this day in 1918 the Germans called for a ceasefire and accepted the Allied terms for unconditional surrender.”
Mr Smith said it brought to an end the most devastating conflict the world had ever seen “hence the name the Great War or the war to end all wars”. “Sadly we have not yet seen the end of war, however that day has since become universally associated with those killed in conflict,” he said.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said it was an important day of reflection and remembrance for all wars.
“We must be mindful that those who serve for us today also suffer, they come home and have a lot to deal with,” Cr McCulloch said.
Pastor Peter Smith read the prayers and RSL patron Bill Hilton read the Ode.
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