Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Quick Facts

2020 Date11 November 2020
2021 Date11 November 2021
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day History

Remembrance Day, previously known as Armistice Day, marks the end of World War I and serves to commemorate all members of the Australian Defence Force, past and present. On November 11th, 1918, at 11am, the guns on the Western Front fell silent for the first time in over 4 years. The Peace settlement brought about the end World War I for the United Kingdom and the Australians who volunteered to fight alongside the British Forces in Europe.

Although it had been informally celebrated since the end of WW1, in 1997, Australian Governor-General Sir William Deane officially proclaimed Remembrance Day. Since then, ceremonies, two minutes of silence and poppies have become symbols of Remembrance Day for Australians. Following World War Two, the Allied Forces all renamed November 11 as Remembrance Day in an effort to emphasize the memory of all fallen soldiers.

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Remembrance Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1993, on the 75th Anniversary of Remembrance Day, the remains of an unknown Australian soldier were removed from a French cemetery and entombed in the Australian Memorial Hall of Memory.
  • The Poppy is a common symbol of remembrance for those who died in the pursuit of freedom. This flower was one of the few that sprouted up in the battlefields.
  • On the second anniversary of the armistice in 1920, the commemoration became a funeral as remains of unknown soldiers were interred with full military honours in Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triumph in Paris.
  • They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to insure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live. - Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral WW2
  • We are dead, short days ago, we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields. - Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (1915)

Remembrance Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Place a wreath at the grave of a deceased member of the military. Often, poppies are also places by the graves of decreased military members, especially from World War I.
  • At 11:11am, observe a one or two minute silence in remembrance of those who died and suffered for the benefit of Australians in all wars and armed conflicts. This 2 minute silence is observed in most Commonwealth nations and many of the nations that participated in the war.
  • Watch a movie about the First World War: Our favorites: The Great War (2007), War Horse (2011), The Trench (1999), In Love and War (1996) and Admiral (2008).
  • Visit the Memorials' Hall of Memory and observe the November 11 ceremony. The War Museum also hosts activities and educational opportunities on this day.
  • Spread awareness of the day on social media using hashtags such as #remembranceday, #armisticeday, #endofWW1 and #lestweforget.

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