Chief of Defence Pays Tribute at Australian War Memorial Ceremony.
As the eleventh hour struck on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, marking the end of World War I, over 60,000 Australian sailors, soldiers, and aviators had lost their lives, joining the ranks of approximately 16 million others worldwide in the first Great War.
On Remembrance Day, we honour all Australians who have served our nation. General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, Chief of the Defence Force, will participate in the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, laying a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance.
General Campbell emphasized, “Today, we pay tribute to all who have served our nation, remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice, resting eternally in near and distant lands and waters. We recall their comrades who returned home, especially those forever altered physically, mentally, or spiritually. We also reflect on their families, grappling with grief and loss. Though some may remain unidentified or undiscovered, their sacrifice, selflessness, bravery, and determination are not forgotten.”
He added, “Thirty years ago on this day, the Unknown Australian Soldier was interred at the Australian War Memorial. Though nameless, he represents all those who made the final journey home on behalf of those who did not. Chief of Personnel Lieutenant General Natasha Fox, AO, CSC, highlighted the enduring consequences of service, emphasizing the legacy of war borne by individuals. She noted, “It is the loss of life, the endured grief, the experienced absences, and the time lost together that affects us all. This is why we must always come together, taking a moment to pause in our busy lives, observe a minute of silence, and remember the service and sacrifices. Lest we forget.”
Lieutenant General Fox’s words resonated as she stressed the importance of acknowledging the ongoing impact of war. The Australian Defence Force currently has about 1800 personnel deployed on operations both within Australia and overseas.