Sunday, November 11, 2007

Armistice Day 2007.

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Australia's Prime Minister John Howard honours fallen Diggers.
November 11, 2007.

PRIME Minister John Howard has paid tribute to Australia's war dead in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Mr Howard told the crowd of military officials, diplomats and members of the public that the recent deaths in Afghanistan of Trooper David Pearce and Sergeant Matthew Locke were a sad reminder of the ageless nature of sacrifice.

"That both of these deaths should have occurred at the time of an election campaign that celebrates, in a sense, the great democracy not only here but around the world, that they and others who've fallen in battle have died for," he said.

"(Their deaths have) reminded us in a real way of the nature of sacrifice in war."

Earlier, Mr Howard's official car took a wrong turn as he and his wife Janette arrived for the ceremony.

As the crowd watched, Mr Howard's car turned right where it should have turned left and had to make a second circuit of the roundabout below the war memorial.

Sue Bayliss. Cairns, Australia.

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