Papakura RSA – We Will Remember Them

World War I, 1914-1918, changed many people’s understanding of conflict. Young men from across the world enlisted, or were conscripted to fight. Battles took place in many please- at sea, in Gallipoli (Turkey), Middle East, Eastern Europe and in the infamous trenches of Western Europe. Millions of people died in terrible conditions. The war introduced new technology, resulting in far more injuries in conflict than before with medical science striving to keep up with new horrors. Battles lasted months rather than just hours or days. After the war ended some people just wanted life to return to normal, but too many had died or been injured for the war to be forgotten. Groups and associations were created to remember what had happened and to commemorate the sacrifice that so many had made. The act of a Two Minute Silence began on the anniversary of Armistice Day on the 11th of November 1919.

They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
we will remember them.

from “For the Fallen”
by: Laurence Binyon