On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year, we gather in silence and focus our thoughts in honour of the memory of those who lost their lives during the war.
This event is commemorated with the wearing of a red poppy as we pause to remember all those men and women who have served and those who have died in all wars.
Why is this day special to Australians?
At 11 am on 11th November 1918 the guns fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The following year, in 1919, on the first anniversary of the armistice, two minutes’ silence was instituted as part of the main Armistice commemorative ceremony at the new Cenotaph in London.
After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day as Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate ALL those who lost their lives in ALL wars.