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Remembrance Day 2008. Today is the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day in 1918, the end of the !st World War. I was in the Australian Army for four and a half years – training to serve my country, fortunately, I never went to war, many of those I trained with ended up in Iraq and other conflict zones around the world.

Today I salute those who have fought for their country, for freedom, for justice around the world. We are entering a period of potentially great conflict around the globe – I wonder how the young men of the world today feel about the prospect of fighting for freedom. The men in the photo below barely knew of the horrors they would see at Gallipoli in Turkey as Australian Troops entered their baptism by fire – and they thought they’d be home for Christmas.

We shall not forget.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.