Today marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.
A century on, Australia has not forgotten the sacrifice that was made by our country. We have not, nor will we, forget those who served and died.
The First World War is often described as the crucible in which our nation was forged.
C.E.W. Bean said that those who sailed for war left "a nation that did not yet know itself". In 1914, we were a young nation with a flag and a parliament, but little sense of nationhood. The baptism of fire that was the First World War changed that.
Just about every Australian was touched by the war. As we remember the fallen, so too must we remember those who returned from war, often wounded or ill, and the families who cared for them in the months and years that followed.
On this the centenary of the Declaration of War, Australia remembers the courage of those who sacrificed so much for our country.
We will remember them.