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100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day Activities

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I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
How will you Remember on this 100th Anniversary?
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One and there are a number of commemorative events occurring around Brisbane to mark this momentous Anniversary. The first Remembrance Day Service occurred a year after the end of the War in London and soon spread around the world. Initially, these were noisy celebrations, however, wounded Australian journalist Edward Honey, after witnessing the Armistice Celebration, proposed that a minutes silence would be a more appropriate tribute to remember the dead. Each year since, to the minute, we pause to reflect and pay respect to the brave men and women who have served, sacrificed and suffered so we can enjoy the freedom we have today.

How you can pay tribute on this special day:

1. RSL Services
Most RSL Branches will be holding a Remembrance Day service in a suburb near you. There is a full list on the RSL Website and most of the services begin at around 10:15am.

2. Ringing of the City Hall Bells
At exactly 12:30pm, after the Remembrance Service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Ann Street, City Hall's bells will chime for one minute, as will many others around the state, just as they did 100 years ago signalling the end of World War I.

3. Armistice - A new production at QPAC
Armistice combines song, music, dance, spoken word and archival footage and will recognise a centenary of service, sacrifice and achievement. The performance will feature the Australian Premiere of new music commissions by composers Michael Askill, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin and Andrew Schultz, as well as performances by musical stars Naomi Price and Tom Oliver, actors Andrew Buchanan and Bryan Probets, leading Australian didgeridoo player and composer William Barton and acclaimed Brisbane based choir Australian Voices and ensemble Topology.
2pm & 6pm, FREE, QPAC Playhouse. Tickets for Armistice

4. Brisbane Symphony Orchestra - "The Armed Man" - A Mass for Peace
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will present a remembrance concert at 3pm in Brisbane's City Hall with works including "Karl Jenkins" Mass for Peace, Sculthorpe's "Small Town" and the Albinoni "Adagio for Strings" made famous by the movie Gallipolli. Find out more about the concert here. Tickets range from $20 - $55 and can be booked by visiting their Website.

Centenary Public Art Project Remembrance
Photo courtesy of Queensland Government

5. Armistice Centenary Artwork
Commissioned by the Queensland Government, this installation will travel around Queensland, finishing up at South Bank Parklands on Remembrance Day. Made up of thousands of poppies created by people from all over the state, it will be over sixteen meters long and three meters high and spell the word "Remember". The target number of poppies is 57705, which is the number of Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War. More information here.

6. Troop Train from Central Station to Cleveland Station
A free train for active and past military personnel and one family member will run in recognition of how many of our troops travelled when heading off to War. The train will depart Central Station at 9:08 arriving in Cleveland at 10:00 for the start of the Remembrance Day Service. Travel is one way and tickets must be pre-booked here.

7. The invincible spirit of Queenslanders portrayed through their built environment - Digital Art Project
Learn about soldiers journeys to the Western Front, their reparations and return home and how it impacted our historical events, people and places back home. The project will run at The Cube, QUT, Gardens Point Campus from 10am - 4pm each day between 2 - 11 November. More information can be found here
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Why? Pay your respects and celebrate peace on Remembrance Day’s 100th Anniversay
When: Check Websites
Where: Various
Cost: Free - $55
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The Armistice Centenary Artwork with community made poppies is terrific.
by May Cross (score: 3|6701) 607 days ago
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