We have had anniversary after anniversary since 2014, as each important battle of the Great War is remembered a hundred years later.
If you ever wonder why anniversaries matter, this series of commemorations shows why: each landmark has brought forward reflections on matters of huge import for our ancestors. It has made us reflect on the causes and consequences of war both on the battlefields and on the other side of the world from the battlefields.
Even before 2014 and 1914, in the steps towards war, it caused debate about how countries drift into slaughter which nobody intended.
But 2018 may surpass the previous anniversaries. On November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent. People returned from the trenches to Australia and to New England.
Or did not return.
We asked Gordon Taylor, President of the Returned and Services League of New England to reflect on the meaning of the anniversary ahead.