Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Special Ceremony Stops City

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Special Ceremony Stops City

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THE guns fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th month in 1918, marking the end to the First World War, the bloodiest war the world had ever seen.

And 95 years later, Gladstone paused to remember.

In offices and worksites around town, a minute of silence was held to remember the fallen, from not just the Great War, but from all wars.

Remembrance Day services were held at Boyne Island, Calliope, and Gladstone's Anzac Park.

At the Gladstone service, local Returned Services League president Russell Tidd outlined the devastation the First World War, known as the Great War, had on a small and fledgling nation.

"Of the Australian population of five million, 300,000 young men went to the Great War. That's a big percentage," Mr Tidd said.

"More than 60,000 Australians died, and a 156,000 were wounded or taken prisoners."

He noted Remembrance Day did not pay tribute to just the fallen in the First World War.

Sadly, because the First World War was supposed to be the final war. …

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