Why Remembrance Day Matters To Me

November 11th, 2020. carolinek

My family has a strong connection with the Australian and Commonwealth defence forces. One grandfather was a RAAF flight officer in WW2 and served in Borneo; my other grandfather was an engineer and spent a significant amount of time in the UK during WW2 also.  This grandfather, my Poppa, was an exceptional man, and his life story is one for the books.  The below plaques were provided to him from his work in designing the fuel system for the Blue Streak rockets and the recompression chambers that remain at the RAN bases in Perth and Sydney.

I was encouraged by his accomplishments that I even applied myself and was accepted to the Royal Military Duntroon before the medical ruled me out with asthma.  Luckily, I’ve found myself working alongside Aussie troops in previous roles.

On Wednesday 11 November, at 11.00 am, we mark the end to World War One.

We mark this time in history with a minutes silence to remember this moment.

This world war, the first, but unfortunately, not the last, has shaped the world we live in today.  The world was a different place, and one that is difficult to imagine in today’s eyes.

The actions of our families, friends and random strangers took hold and created the bonds in the society we now call home.  Men as young as 16 said goodbye at the docks in Fremantle as they headed to England to serve.  Women took life by the horns and kept Australia running, completing endless unpaid hours of work in place of the men while raising families and keeping everyone in line (my grandparents included and maybe yours too).

At 11.00 am on Wednesday, I ask that you pause and observe one-minute silence.  And while doing so, take those 60 seconds to think about all that you’re offered by those that gave so much; their lives and their loved ones.

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Thank you to our Head of Risk and Compliance, Andrew Webster, for sharing his story of why recognising and commemorating Remembrance Day is important to him and his family. Aussie Broadband acknowledges  the sacrifice, bravery and tragedy of those who have fought and died in war. We also remember all those who contributed on the home front, supplying material and moral support to the Australians serving overseas. The sacrifices made by families who cared for their loved ones who returned home with physical injuries and mental illness should also be remembered. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who served in every war and conflict since the Boer War, despite being legally excluded from military service until 1949, using false names and backgrounds.

We honor them all, we thank them all. We will remember them.