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November 24, 2011
REMEMBRANCE Day ceremonies were
held around Australia and at overseas bas-
es to honour the service and sacrifice of
Australians at war and in conflicts over-
The national Remembrance Day cer-
emony was held at the Australian War
Memorial in Canberra, marking the 93rd
anniversary of the armistice that ended
Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
and Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren
Snowdon joined Defence Force leaders to
lay wreaths at the memorial.
Ms Gillard said that Australia had
paid a heavy price for participating in
"We are a good nation in an imper-
fect world. A people of peace so often
called to war," she said.
More than 102,000 Australians have
lost their lives in wars and conflicts over
the past 100 years.
Australian servicemen and women
serving overseas participated in ceremo-
nies in East Timor, Solomon Islands and
More than 500 ADF personnel and
their coalition partners paused dur-
ing a ceremony at Al Minhad Air Base
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown deliv-
ered the Remembrance Day address, pay-
ing tribute to the selfless contribution of
Australians in conflict over more than
"Our first Australian soldiers, sail-
ors and airmen helped create the nation-
al character that makes us uniquely
Australian -- a character we should not
take for granted," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"Australians are shaped by the values
of mateship, loyalty, courage, strength
and humour in adversity, and an unwill-
ingness to give into despair or hardship."
On behalf of the CDF, AIRMSHL
Brown and Deputy Commander JTF633
CDRE Aaron Ingram laid a wreath at the
SGT Dave Morley
EIGHT more names were added to the Af-
ghanistan panel on the Australian War Memo-
rial's Roll of Honour on November 11.
The families of the fallen diggers gathered
at the AWM for a private ceremony on the
morning of Remembrance Day.
The ceremony began with the families lay-
ing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown
The names of those soldiers killed in
Afghanistan since last Remembrance Day
were unveiled alongside the names of 102,000
other Australians who have died in war.
AWM Director Steve Gower unveiled the
new panel and family members placed red
poppies next to the names of their loved ones.
Marie Robinson, mother of SPR Rowan
Robinson, said it was difficult to come to the
AWM for the ceremony.
"But it draws to a conclusion a lot of the
things we've had to do in honour of Rowan,"
"While it's been a loss, we know it's what
he wanted to do and he felt wonderful about
being in the Army and honouring his coun-
Pause to reflect
EXMOUTH: Personnel from Joint Task Force 639 Air Component
Command Element and 381 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron
Detachment Learmonth attended the Remembrance Day service in
Exmouth. They are deployed to Learmonth in support of Operation
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
CANBERRA: Former CDF ACM Angus Houston
with VC recipient CPL Mark Donaldson at the
national Remembrance Day service at the
Australian War Memorial.
Photo: Lauren Black
SALE: Catafalque Party member PLTOFF Jonathan
Scott from the School of Air Warfare at the Sale
Photo: LAC Oliver Carter
AL MINHAD: Chaplain SQNLDR Jean Johns
leads the Air Force choir in singing a hymn at Al
Minhad Air Base.
Photo: PO Damian Pawlenko
The Al Minhad
site after the
Photo: PO Damian
DARWIN: LACW Ingrid Kogler, of 13SQN, at the
Remembrance Day service at the Darwin City
Photo: AB James Whittle
ROOKWOOD: SGT Sharee Lewis, of RAAF
Base Richmond, in front of the Cross of
Remembrance at the Sydney War Graves
Cemetery in the Rookwood Necropolis.
Photo: LAC David Said
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