Remembrance Day is a reminder of those service men and women who have served their country at critical times in our history.
This year's Remembrance Day service is on Monday, November 11.
The service will commence at 11am at the Port Macquarie cenotaph. It is the 100th year since the first Remembrance Day was held in London.
Port Macquarie RSL sub-Branch president Greg Laird OAM has praised the Port Macquarie-Hastings community for their efforts in support this significant event on the calendar.
He described it as a poignant day.
"It is a poignant day when we honour those who have fallen," he said.
"Remembrance Day is simply a day for us to show our appreciation and remembrance to all those who have served us in conflict or peacekeeping missions.
"I think the Port Macquarie service is growing each year and reflects well on the decision to include and invite younger members of our community to participate.
"Days like Remembrance Day and Anzac Day are significant because the community comes together to pays tribute to all who have fought for our freedoms.
"Don't forget too, that Remembrance Day services are held throughout the world, whereas Anzac Day is specifically Australian."
Mr Laird says Remembrance Day marks the end of hostilities for World War One. Last year was the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.
"It was hailed as the war to end all fighting so the exact day and time has always been recognised - even 100 years later," he said.
Days like Remembrance Day and Anzac Day are significant because the community comes together to pays tribute to all who have fought for our freedoms.Greg Laird
He said on November 11, a service would be conducted at the cenotaph in Port Macquarie from 11am.
"As in past years we will be assembling from 10.30am on Monday, November 11 and we will start the service with the tolling of the bells.
"From there we will have a short service which will be keynoted by Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie campus year 11 student Brodie Knott, which will be followed by the laying of wreaths.
"We invite the Port Macquarie community to come down to Town Square for the service."
According to Richard Pelvin on the RSL NSW website, says Australia was a small nation with a population of fewer than five million when war broke out.
"From this small population base, no less than 416,809 men enlisted of which 302,000 served overseas. Of these, 62,000 were killed and 155,000 wounded," he said.
"At least a further 8000 died of war-related injuries after the war. These figures do not include the neurological trauma inflicted on so many soldiers, which negatively affected their lives and those of their families for many years afterwards.
"In these circumstances, it is no surprise that November 11 - the day the carnage stopped - became a date of enduring significance. Armistice Day, as it was known, became the day to commemorate the sacrifice of the war.
"The first commemoration was at the cenotaph in London on the first anniversary of the end of the war, and it was on this occasion that the tradition of maintaining two minutes silence from 11am was introduced.
"Although the idea of a commemorative silence was first suggested by a London-based Australian journalist, Edward Honey, the tradition originated in South Africa during the war and passed to London in 1919 where it was approved by King George V, immediately prior to the Armistice Day commemoration. He requested that the custom be observed throughout the Empire. The length of silence has since been reduced to one minute.
"It is preceded by the Last Post and followed by the rousing strains of the Reveille."
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