World War One
As we approach the Centenary of World War I, we start to think about the tremendous sacrifice so many of our diggers made. It is unimaginable to think that over 60,000 young men died in Gallipoli and the Western Front.
When you visit the battlefields of France and Belgium and the cemeteries and memorials you see countless numbers of white crosses honoring the fallen. Many of those crosses are for soldiers who are “Known Only to God”.
At the various memorials such as VC Corner and Menin Gate the names of those who were missing in action are engraved in stone. The Australian Government’s official estimation is there are approximately 18,000 Diggers lying under the fields of France and Belgium.
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But for a sniper’s sticky trigger, I would not be sitting here writing a last minute article about forgetting to remember Remembrance Day.
For those whose history is a little fuzzy, what was first known as Armistice Day commemorates the moment the guns of the Western Front fell silent at the end of the First World War, at 11am on 11 November 1918.
It became Remembrance Day after the Second World War, and has since become an opportunity for us to pay tribute to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts past and present. At 11am, time stands still.
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Lebanon became part of the French Mandate, a provision of the post world war one League of Nations, today in 1918. They gained independence in 1943 when France was occupied by Germany in 1940.
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The Treaty of Versailles was signed by the allied forces today in 1919, officially ending World War One. Share your thoughts on this event, or anything else for that matter, right here.
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Those people with strong religious beliefs tend to think graves are better left undisturbed. People with strong non-religious beliefs share this view.
“Let the dead rest” is a universal sentiment that is only ever challenged when foul play or mass executions are suspected.
There is no good reason to dig up our Diggers. Nothing will be gained by identifying those members of the 31st Battalion, and others, who died at Pheasant Wood in France, in July 1916. We already know what happened.
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