As Australians, we are blessed to live in a country full of freedom and blessings. It’s why we promise to pause for one minute every year on the 11th of November at 11am, to give thanks to all those who sacrificed their lives in World War One for the future of our country.
2018 is a particularly remarkable year, as it marks the 100 year anniversary since the World War One ended.
To commemorate this milestone, home grown favourites like Pete Murray, Kate Ceberano and Ash Grunwald will headline a free family concert at Brisbane’s Riverstage on 11 November, as the culmination of events to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day.
RSL Queensland’s Freedom Sounds concert will echo the singing, dancing and celebration of a century ago, when the end of World War One was declared.
Speaking exclusively to singer and musician Pete Murray, the 49-year-old said his fond memories of spending time at RSL’s with his parents inspired him to perform at this year’s Freedom Sounds.
“I remember learning the meaning of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day and even thinking as a small kid, wow that’s amazing that someone has given their life for our country,” he said.
“We take our freedom for granted.. we’ve got that and a lot of people don’t.
“There are times when I’m out, even if it’s just drinks with my mates and I think how lucky have we been to not have to go through a massive world war.”
For Murray, who grew up partially in Brisbane the excitement to perform old and new songs in front of a ‘home’ crowd in an iconic location is also an exciting element.
“I’ve really simplified a lot of the songs that I play and will just keep it ‘cruisy’ so people want to get up and dance,” he said.
“Brisbane has been home for me for a long time, my family and friends still live there.. every time I go back to play in Brisbane it’s always good to be back and play for my home crowd.”
RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris said the concert was the perfect way to celebrate the Centenary of Armistice.
“It was a momentous occasion across the world and what better way to remember than getting the community together for an afternoon of entertainment and a bite to eat at Brisbane’s Riverstage,” Mr Ferris said.
“Everyone is invited to bring a blanket and relive the euphoria of 11 November, 100 years ago, as we honour our servicemen and women, and their families, for the sacrifice they make to protect the peace and freedoms we enjoy.”
Tickets are free but limited – so don’t miss out! Register today at freedomsounds.com.au.
Remember the Armistice Centenary artwork project discussed in the September edition of Lifestyle Queensland?
This impressive art installation is expected to stand over 3m high and 16m long. It will be a strong reminder of the importance to remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
The project has collected at least 57,705 poppies, reflecting the same number of Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War. The poppies have been created by thousands of Queenslanders between June and September.
You can visit the final artwork at River Quay, South Bank Parklands from Sunday, the 3rd of November to Sunday, the 11th of November.