Saturday, November 11, 2006

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In Australia today we commemorate Remembrance Day.

At 11am on 11 November we pause to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who served their country, have died or suffered in wars and conflicts.

From 1916 to 1918, some 265,000 Australians served on the Western Front in France and Belgium. More than 46,000 were to lose their lives in devastating battles at places such as Pozières, Fromelles, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele, Amiens and Ypres - a greater loss of life than in any other Australian campaign or conflict of the 20th century.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battles of 1916, in which more than 10,000 Australians lost their lives and a further 30,000 were wounded, the Department of Veterans' Affairs has released its 2006 Remembrance Day poster, featuring an image of the unveiling of a memorial to fallen members of the 1st Australian Division on the battlefield at Pozières.The division captured Pozières on 23 July 1916 and Charles Bean, Australia's official wartime historian, later wrote that Pozières Ridge outside the village marked 'a site more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth'.


Ern went to Croydon to commemorate Remembrance Day. This is the first time in 21 years that I have not accompanied him. No matter where we are, we still have one minute's silence to remember.

I went into the Handweavers and Spinners Guild for the last class of the 2006 Certificate Spinning Class. We all brought something for a shared lunch ...... maybe some of the girls could give me a lesson in cooking !!! There was such a varied array of food, from health foods to luscous home made sponge with cream and strawberries..... yum yum

I actually baked last night - I made a batch of scones.

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