Community pays tribute

A good crowd turned out at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park to remember the men and women who have served in the armed forces at the Remembrance Day service on Monday.

Monday, November 11 marked the 101st anniversary of the armistice that ended four years of continuous hostilities in World War I.

On November 10, 1918, thousands of Australians were walking wearily toward the frontline in France to relieve British troops.

Two months earlier these troops, the First and Fourth AIF Divisions, had fought their way across the Somme in some of the most devastating battles of World War I.

This time they did not go into action, for the Germans signed an armistice early on November 11.

Hostilities on the western front ceased at 11am that day.

Armistice Day 1918 was the end of the Great War, now known as World War I in which 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died.

This first modern conflict saw the mobilisation of over 70 million people and claimed between 9 and 13 million lives, the Australian War Memorial records state.

The allied nations chose this day and time to remember all those who suffered or lost their lives during wars and armed conflicts.

With the end of World War II in 1945, the British and Australian governments changed the name of Armistice Day to Remembrance Day.

It is now regarded as a day on which to remember the dead of all wars in which Australia has participated.

Student representatives from from Forbes North Public School, Forbes Public School and St Laurence's Primary School took part in the formal wreath laying at Monday's service.

Student leaders from Forbes High School and Red Bend Catholic College read out the names of local servicemen who died fighting for their country.

The Remembrance Day service was led by Forbes RSL sub-branch vice-president Neil Biddle.

The service ended with the playing of the Last Post and a minute's silence at 11am.

Mr Biddle said they would like to thank the bugler, Aaron Perry and the sound man, Trevor Williams.

Mr Biddle said they would also like to thank the students from Forbes High School and Red Bend Catholic College for reading out the names of local servicemen.