The day where silence was almost pain

"Today is a special day, for on this day in 1918 at 11am the guns on the Western Front fell silent."

So began Rev Paul Andrianatos' address at the Goondiwindi Remembrance Day service on Monday.

Hundreds turned up for the service where Rev Andrianatos read a newspaper story describing the first Remembrance Day service in London a year later.

"The first stroke of 11 produced a magical effect.

"The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition...Everyone stood very still...The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility.

"It was a silence which was almost pain.

"And the spirit of memory brooded over it all"

A hundred years later the service endures and with good reason.

"Today we remember and honour members of the Australian defence Force and those of other countries who died fighting for us.

"We remember their loved ones - spouses, parents, children and other family members.

"We also remember all those who served, especially those who came back scarred in one way or another. And we remember all who are serving now.

"We honour them with our presence, with red poppies and sprigs of rosemary, with two minutes of silence and we honour them by the way we treat our servicemen and women.

"We honour those who died by the way we live."