Volunteers and community groups have banded together to help prepare Mona Vale Cemetery for Remembrance (Armistice) Day on 11 November.
Volunteers from the Pittwater RSL branch came to Mona Vale Cemetery on Monday to assist the Cemetery's Gardening Group volunteers and staff with the “Honour Our Fallen” program – putting up flags and poppies on all known Veteran’s graves in time for Remembrance Day - 11th November – next week. The poppies were also donated by the Pittwater RSL sub-branch while the flags came from “Honour Our Fallen”.
We hope to do the same at Manly Cemetery in time for next Wednesday but the weather is against us today.
Remembrance Day is also known as Armistice Day.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am,] for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.
But, according to Thomas R. Gowenlock, an intelligence officer with the U.S. First Division, shelling from both sides continued for the rest of the day, only ending at nightfall.] The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year. (Wikipedia)