WWI armistice remembered

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The National, Mondy 14th November 2011

THE 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year is remembered as the day the signing of an armistice (ceasefire) took place in 1918 to end World War I.
Members of the Returned Soldiers and Service League of Australia Port Moresby branch held a brief Remembrance Day service last Friday at the Ela Beach Memorial ark to commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the armistice.
Among those present were the British High Commissioner Jackie Barson, US Ambassador Teddy Taylor, Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish, New Zealand High Commissioner Marion Crawshaw and the Ambassador of France Alain Waquet.
This armistice that was signed in the Cortina forest, France, led to the end of the World War I in 1918 before the controversial Treaty of Versailles was signed.
 in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, in France, on June 28, 1919.
The ceasefire agreement took place between the Allies which  consisted of the British empire (included troops from Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand), France, Russia, Italy, Serbia, Belgium, Romania, USA and Japan and the central powers that was made up of Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria and Germany, which was blamed for triggering the Great War.
A two minute silence was held to remember all those who had fallen in world wars, including those who lost their lives in battles around the world.