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3 November, 2021

Remembrance Day - November 11

At 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.

The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fight-ing) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

Seventy two men from this district died and four of these men attended Allora State School.

Members of the public are welcome to attend Remembrance Day at the Allora Cenotaph next Thursday. It would be appreciated if you could arrive at 10.30am with the service at 10.45am and observe one minutes silence at 11am.

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