The eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. What does this mean to you?

I remember my primary school days when at this time, the headmaster Mr James would over the class room intercom, ask that everyone would be silent. Proudly wearing a poppy pinned to my chest pocket, we would remember those who had fallen. This moment marked the anniversary of the end of World War One, a terrible war where more than 60 000 Aussie troops lost their lives.

Battlefield tours can be very humbling, chilling and tranquil all at the same time. I have been fortunate to visit many memorials to Aussie troops in Europe including the Somme. To think that these tranquil meadows were once home to the horrors of war disguised as daily life is difficult to comprehend.

On a day like today, please pause and remember. We live in a free democratic country that many have given their lives to protect. Is saying “Thank You” enough?

Driving through the Loire Valley, I discovered this poppy field; it reminded me of Remembrance Day as a kid. A Poppy Field in France is today’s “Photo of the Day”