ON THE 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.

In a statement this morning, Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs and The Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said: “We are forever indebted to those who have served our country and we recognise those who have served – both those who returned and commemorate the many who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“While the date and time marks the end of the Great War, after the signing of the armistice by the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, the day has become a time to reflect on the service and sacrifice from all conflicts.

“Services will be held the length and breadth of Victoria and I encourage all to attend but, if unable, take a moment at 11am to recognise those who gave their lives so we could all have the nation we live in today.”