From the National Ceremony in Canberra to its smallest operation in Israel, Australian Defence Force personnel paused today to remember Australia’s fallen.
The Australian War Memorial acknowledged the contribution of Indigenous service personnel with Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Alan Patterson’s didgeridoo performance, while 100 members of Australia’s Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard of Honour for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Royal couple paid their respects alongside the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.
“This year, the Anzac Centenary has highlighted Australia’s deep respect for our nation’s service men and women, both past and present,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.
“Today we honour all those who served before us as well as those who have served beside us in contemporary conflicts.
“We pause not only to remember those who died, but all those Australians who have made sacrifices in the name of service – particularly those who continue to endure the physical and emotional scars of war.
“Around 2000 deployed personnel will participate in Remembrance Day services in the Middle East Region, onboard Royal Australian Navy ships and on operations around the world.
“We thank them for their service and the important work they undertake in pursuit of greater security and stability.”