Remembrance Day in Guyra

LEST WE FORGET: Guyra RSL sub-branch president Hans Hietbrink. Photo: Nicholas Fuller
LEST WE FORGET: Guyra RSL sub-branch president Hans Hietbrink. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

A short but solemn ceremony was held outside Guyra's RSL Hall this morning for Remembrance Day, honouring Australians who died in conflict since World War I.

The main aim of the brief service, Guyra RSL sub-branch president Hans Hietbrink said, was a one-minute silence at 11am to get people to remember the Armistice.

At that time in 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare, Mr Hietbrink said.

"The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally accepted as the time when we remember those who died in World War I," Mr Hietbrink said.

"In more recent years, it was changed to Remembrance Day so that we can remember and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in all wars and conflicts."

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Between 9 million and 13 million people died in World War I; a third have no grave. More than 60,000 of the 330,000 Australians serving overseas died.

Guyra and surrounding regional communities lost many of their young men. They enlisted in the 33rd Battalion, Australian Infantry Force. Many were trained in Armidale in January 1916, and arrived in England in May that year. Many were killed in France and Belgium.

"Today we remember them and all others who have died and suffered in armed conflicts around the world," Mr Hietbrink said.