On July 17, 1914, the art of war changed forever with the onslaught of World War I. A war which was called the war which would end all wars.
On one side were the Allies, on the opposite side were the Central Powers. Both sides believing they were right. Both sides seeking victory in the quest to bring about their ideologies.
As one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, approximately 40 million people died during the Great War. Both civilian and military personnel faced death and injury during the war.
After four long years, World War 1 finally came to an end. An armistice signed between Germany and the Allies at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 silencing the blast of weapons.
Now, exactly 100 years later we remember this epic battle and other wars through Armistice Day.
The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH) hosted the annual Armistice Day Parade from its premises at the Monte Stanco Shell Hole to the Hardwick Street Cemetery, Lych Gate.
With Newcastle Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi in attendance and the MOTHs followed by other service organisations, including the Dundee Die Hards, the Freemasons, the 3rd Newcastle Scouts Group and the Ferrum band, this year’s parade holds rich significance.
This Sunday’s march marked 100 years exactly since the armistice was initially signed. A 100 years since the world has survived two world wars and numerous other conflicts.
As the day focused on remembering the fallen heroes of the battles of bygone days, guests were reminded of the freedom we now have because of the soldiers of yesteryear.
We will remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for us, their deaths will not be forgotten.