Let us today, on Rememberance day, 11th November 2001, give thanks and remember the men and women who gave their lives during the many wars our country has been involved in. Couragiously they fought and died, that we may be free and live in peace in our beloved country.
They shall grow not old, as we are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
With the setting of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them.
Lest we forget.
I ask that your thoughts be with our men and women in East Timor and heading towards the middle east, that they will be safe, that they will return home to their families and loved ones very soon.
The "Last Post" is the call sounded at 10pm each evening to inform the solders that they should be inside their quarters for the night. It signified the end of the day's activities and ushers in a period of rest and quiet.
It is sounded at military funerals and commemorative services to indicate that the soldier has completed his life's work and has entered into his rest.
"Reveille" is the trumpet or bugle call sounded in all military barracks and camps first thing in the morning to awaken the soldiers and tell them to get up and dress.
It is also sounded at military funerals and commemorative services to signify the resurrection of the body after death and the awakening of the soul into a new life.
In Memory of
GEORGE HAROLD RENDALL
6th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F
who died on
Sunday, 12th November 1916.
Cemetery: HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France
And every other soldier who has given their life for their country.
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The Menin Gate
From 11 November, 1929 the Last Post has been sounded at the Menin Gate memorial every night and in all weathers. The only exception to this was during the four years of the German occupation of Ypres from 20 May 1940 to 6 September 1944. The daily ceremony was instead continued in England at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. On the very evening that Polish forces liberated Ypres the ceremony was resumed at the Menin Gate, in spite of the heavy fighting still going on in other parts of the town.
For a few moments the noise of traffic ceases and a stillness descends over the memorial. At exactly 20.00 hours up to six members of the regular buglers from the local volunteer Fire Brigade step into the roadway under the memorial arch. They play Last Post, followed by a short silence and then play Reveille.
The Last Post Ceremony has become part of the daily life in Ieper (Ypres) and the local people are proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their town.