Speaking about Remembrance Day brings a tear to Fiona McCrimmon’s eye.
‘‘I’m so proud of those who are serving now, those who have fallen and those families out there that have lost someone,’’ the Shepparton Remembrance Day committee member said.
Today, close to 400 people will gather at the Shepparton Cenotaph memorial to remember and recognise Australian sacrifice.
‘‘It’s for them ... it’s about the community coming together to remember those lost and to celebrate the survival stories,’’ Ms McCrimmon said.
Shepparton RSL’s annual event will see Travis Rosenow from the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps speak about his journey — having recently finished his service.
‘‘There are locals in Shepparton who have family members overseas serving right at this moment ... we have Vietnam veterans battling post traumatic stress to this day,’’ Ms McCrimmon said.
‘‘When someone joins the military or the navy the whole family serves ... when they get deployed you get deployed with them.’’
Next year, it will be 100 years since the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare, during World War I.
The service begins at the Shepparton Cenotaph at 10.30am today, with attendees set to pause at 11am for a minute’s silence.