Fairfield pauses to remember troops

We will remember them: Year 5 student leaders at Canley Vale Public School with the poppies in their garden. The leaders led their Remembrance Day Service on Monday. Picture: Chris Lane
We will remember them: Year 5 student leaders at Canley Vale Public School with the poppies in their garden. The leaders led their Remembrance Day Service on Monday. Picture: Chris Lane

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year Fairfield paused to remember the 416,809 Australians who served their nation during World War I and acknowledge the tens of thousands of Australians who have served in conflicts since.

Remembrance Day Services were held across the city at 11am marking 101 years since the signing of the armistice when a peace settlement was reached after four brutal years of warfare.

At Canley Vale Public School, pupils planted paper poppies - among the first plants rise from the soil on battlefields in France and Belgium - in their garden.

The Flanders poppy is a symbol of sacrifice and loss. For those who served on the battlefields of France and Belgium, the poppies were a familiar sight and they are strongly associated with Remembrance Day.

Teachers also wore rosemary as a symbol of remembrance.