Today all Tasmanians pause to reflect on the sacrifices of our servicemen and women in the cause of freedom.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 the guns fell silent to mark the end of the First World War.
In that diabolical conflict more than 61,500 Australians lost their lives, and a further 155,000 were wounded.
Of these, 2,432 Tasmanians lost their lives, and more than half of the 13,000 Tasmanians who served overseas were casualties.
At the conclusion of the First World War, the citizens of many Tasmanian towns planted commemorative avenues of trees to remember the fallen.
The largest was in Hobart, when in 1918 and 1919 520 trees were planted on the Queen’s Domain.
I commend the work over the past decade of the Friends of Soldier’s Walk committee in restoring this avenue as a lasting reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many Tasmanians in the name of freedom.
Today we remember those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in all wars and conflicts, right up to the present day.
Lest we forget.
*Michael Hodgman is a Life Member of the RSL and in 2002 was named ANZAC of the Year for his many years of assistance and help to ex-servicemen and women and their families.
Michael Hodgman, QC MP Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs