- Each year on November 11, the nation pauses to respect the sacrifice of Australia's servicemen and women during WWI and in other wars and conflicts
- Armistice was signed 99 years ago, in 1918
Ladies from the WA Branch of the Returned & Services League (RSLWA) are helping to honour the signing of the armistice that formally ended the hostilities of World War I (WWI) with a project that will knit and crochet red poppies symbolic of Remembrance Day.
The RSL's annual Poppy Day appeal tomorrow (Friday, November 10) aims to raise funds and promote awareness of the sacrifice made by Australian servicemen and women in all conflicts and wars.
The RSLWA Poppy Ladies have begun a project to knit or crochet 62,000 poppies - representing the Australians who died at war or were held as prisoners of war during WWI - in time for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11, 2018.
The poppies will be displayed on the lawn surrounding the State War Memorial as part of the centenary celebrations for Armistice Day, which is also known as Remembrance Day.
Each year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the nation pauses to observe one minute's silence and honour those who lived and died during WWI, a conflict also known as the Great War and during which an estimated 16 million people worldwide, including more than seven million civilians, died.
Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:
"I pay my respects to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for Australia in wars and armed conflicts, including the Great War of 1914 to 1918.
"I encourage everyone, no matter where they are, to observe one minute's silence on Saturday (November 11) and reflect on the courage and resilience of our forebears and honour their service and sacrifice.
"I further urge everyone to show their support for those who have represented Australia in our defence forces by wearing a red poppy."
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