Aberdeen's 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony takes place on armistice's 101st anniversary

EACH year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we hold a minute's silence to remember those who fought and gave their lives to protect our freedoms.

In Aberdeen on Monday, November 11, that minute's silence marked the end of a heartfelt ceremony that was attended by many who came to pay their respects on Remembrance Day.

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Wayne Bedggood, students from St Joseph's and Scone High schools as well as the entirety of Aberdeen Primary School came along to the event, which took place at the Aberdeen RSL Club.

A number of key figures helped run the ceremony, one of which was RSL sub-Branch president Doug McLeod, who spoke about the meaning and ongoing legacy of the day.

"It's very important to remember all of the fallen soldiers, even those who have come home and died later on through military service," he said.

"I think it's very important that we remember how lucky this country is to have had volunteers who went and protected our rights."

As per every year, one of the most encouraging signs to see is the participation of younger generations in such a historical event.

Mr McLeod believes they are the key to keeping the spirit of those who served alive, emphasising that the horrors of WWI should never be forgotten.

"It blows me away every year on how big it's getting now, and to have the entire primary school here representing - it was just absolutely phenomenal," he said.

In the future the Aberdeen sub-Branch is hoping to have more schools attend in full, so they can spread the significance of the tradition.