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Sacrifice remembered


Australian soldiers place poppies on the Australian Wall of Remembrance after the 2012 Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.

Remembrance Day ceremonies have been held in Australia and around the world to honour the service and sacrifice of Australians in wars and conflicts.

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare joined Australian troops for a ceremony at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan

The Minister was joined by Major General Michael Crane, Commander Joint Taskforce 633 and Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Mandy Newton, National Manager of the International Deployment Group.

Australian Defence Force personnel also held services at Al Minhad Air Base (UAE), East Timor and the Solomon Islands to mark the 94th anniversary of the Armistice.

The national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra included a Commemorative address by Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley and wreath-laying by Governor-General Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other dignitaries.

One hundred and two students laid poppies symbolising the more than 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who have died in wars and conflicts.

Australia's Federation Guard mounted the Tri-Service Guard of Honour, accompanied by the Band of the Royal Military College.

Earlier families of servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan over the past 12 months attended a private unveiling of additions to the Roll of Honour. Nine new names were added to the Afghanistan panel of the Roll.