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Australia Celebrated The First Armistice Day 100 Years Ago
Australians honour fallen WW1 diggers in the town of Villers-Bretonneux on Remembrance Day (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 315)
Nov 13, 2018 History

The armistice which secured the end of World War I, had been signed at dawn, 100 years ago, marking the conclusion of a four-year conflict that had claimed more than 60,000 Australian lives.

More than 2000 Australian family members travelled to France for a special service to mark the centenary of the Armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

In every town and city, people rejoiced at the end of 'the war to end all wars' - and the beginning of a new chapter in Australia's history.

Sydney had celebrated the end of the war prematurely thanks to a false alarm on November 9. "There was big outpouring of emotion and excitement," said Ashley Ekins, head of military history at the Australian War Memorial. "And then again, just a couple of days later on the 11th, the news came that it was true. They kept the pubs and the liquor stores closed during that period, so things didn't really get out of hand."

It was a different story in Melbourne, where the exuberant crowds could not be contained. "The news was received and the church bells began to ring out, along with factory hooters," Mr Ekins said. "A lot of people were breaking into barricaded stores and stealing fireworks. There was even an appeal for people not to explode fireworks in the interests of invalided soldiers, and particularly those suffering shell shock."

The Sullivan family were part of the Australian contingent who travelled to France for the memorial. "We want to remember and celebrate what the men and women have contributed to peace in the world," Mr Sullivan said.

"You see lots of kids visiting the sites and that's pretty special. It needs to be commemorated. The waste, the futility of war and the waste of men's lives for, in some cases, just a few metres of ground."

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