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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