Yesterday Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret’d), Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial tabled at a meeting of Council a petition – presented to the Chairman by Mrs Avril Clark, accompanied by Ms Sarah McCarthy – calling for peacekeepers who die on non-warlike operations to be included on the Roll of Honour. He also fulfilled his undertaking to Mrs Clark to inform Council about their discussions at the time of the petition presentation.
During a small ceremony on Remembrance Day, the Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Ash Power, presented the Australian War Memorial with an engine cowling from a coalition helicopter that crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 21 June 2010.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. On this day each year Australians observe one minute’s silence, in memory of those who have died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts, a tradition the Australian War Memorial continues in its National Ceremony.
More than 3,800 people attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today. This was many hundred more than last year.
On the eve of Remembrance Day, Saturday 10 November, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Australian War Memorial.
Canberrans can view the Royal couple’s arrival and departure outside the Memorial’s main entrance. Australian flags will be passed out to children. Visitors are recommended to arrive by 3.30pm. There will be limited parking it is recommended that visitors arrive early to get a spot.
This will be the final opportunity to see them in Australia during this visit.