The nation will be silent for a minute this morning.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we will pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation.

In this busy non stop age, silence can be very very loud.

Remembrance Day is a time for us to reflect on the end of of the war that was supposed to end all wars. It didn’t.

The first world war finished with a ceasefire on November 11th 1918. As a conflict, World War One was one of this planets darkest moments. It was a destructive and wasteful conflict in which nationalism, escalated by mass-produced weaponry, created a scale of destruction which we had never before dreamt of. As a nation we lost a generation of young men.

The following words from St John’s Gospel are carved into the stones of war memorials around the world:war memorial

Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend!

This morning all roads lead to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The Remembrance Day National Ceremony will include a formal wreathlaying and will be attended by many high-level dignitaries, diplomats, and students from each state and territory representing the youth of Australia . Australia’s Federation Guard and the Band of the Royal Military College will be on parade. It’s all on between 10.15am and noon.

Standing room for the public is available this morning and I’m told that you are welcome to bring chairs or rugs to view the ceremony in the grounds of the Memorial.

The Memorial’s galleries will open shortly after the ceremony.

Road closures are in place from now at Limestone Avenue and Treloar Crescent, also Fairbairn Avenue and Treloar Crescent…and Anzac Parade will be closed between the Memorial and the Blamey Crescent and Currong Street intersections.