The task of remembering

REMEMBRANCE Day will be marked by services across the Border tomorrow.

As has happened for more than 90 years, a minute’s silence will be observed at 11am to recall that moment when the guns fell silent on the Western Front on November 11, 1918.

It’s a tribute in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts, complementing our own Anzac Day shared with New Zealand.

Each ceremony will include the words: Lest we forget.

Our report today on Staghorn Flat’s rotted honour roll reminds us how easy it is for age or exposure to water or insects to destroy or damage a simple symbol of past sacrifice.

Thankfully, it isn’t too late to preserve the tragic story of Staghorn Flat, a tiny hamlet near Wodonga that sent up to 50 men to war in 1914-18. Five died on a foreign field.

Growing attendances at Remembrance and Anzac services suggest they will continue indefinitely.

And as we well know, soldiers continue to die in our nation’s service.

Remembering Australia’s 100,000 war dead will require memorials and honours rolls to be carefully nurtured and protected — Lest we forget.

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