On 11 November 1918, the guns of the western front fell silent after four years of continous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, ending the First World War.
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month attained special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.
Bob Durbin, a distinguished RSL LifeCare resident, Chaplain, and dedicated President of the RSL War Vets sub-Branch, brings with him a wealth of experience from his 20-year service in the Royal Australian Navy. Bob’s naval journey began at HMAS Marimba as a trainee apprentice, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer. Bob’s commitment to service extended into the mid-nineties, serving as a reserve before a permanent role as sailor for six and a half months.
“Remembrance Day, as I see it, has evolved over time without diminishing its significance. It serves as a reminder to honour not only those who have bravely served in theatres of war and battle but also those who have selflessly contributed through their dedicated service.” – Bob Durbin.
Bob Durbin, RSL LifeCare Resident
Joy Moynahan, aged 73, is a resident at RSL LifeCare, known for her dedicated four year service (1967-1971) as a Leading WRAN in the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service. Her recollections of her time at HMAS Penguin and the heartfelt moments surrounding the return of HMAS Sydney from Vietnam reflect her profound dedication and commitment to her service.
Joy’s active participation in commemorating Remembrance Day underscores her deep respect for the sacrifices made by veterans.
Joy Moynahan, RSL LifeCare Resident
Maxwell Marvin, at 99 years of age, is a RSL LifeCare resident and a World War II veteran with an inspiring history of service. Serving as an able seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, Maxwell contributed five years (1941-1946) to the defence of his nation. During the critical events of 1942, Maxwell was stationed in Singapore, witnessing the impactful moments of the Japanese Imperial Army’s invasion.
Maxwell’s courageous dedication remains a testament to the sacrifices made by those who served.
Maxwell Marvin, RSL LifeCare Resident
Joyce George, RSL LifeCare Resident
Anne Brennan RSL LifeCare Resident
Remembrance Day Events
Many local RSL NSW sub-Branches will be hosting services. Find your local service and plan your Remembrance Day by clicking on the button below.Find a service
More about RSL LifeCare
Since 1911, RSL LifeCare has been serving the community by providing professional, caring support for veterans. Today, we welcome all members of the public – whether veteran or non-veteran – to live in our villages, care homes, or to support you to live independently at home.
Despite our growth and the passage of time, RSL LifeCare remains true to our original aim and mission – to provide a home of peace and security to senior Australians. Take a look at the services we offer.
Download a brochure
We'll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time, we promise