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Remembrance Day

Poppy - Remembrance Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Australians across the nation pause for a minutes silence to remember those men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country.

Remembrance Day was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of World War I and the signing of the armistice which occurred on 11 November 1918.

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919, one minute’s silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony.

At the end of World War II in 1945, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day as an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all who died in war.

On Remembrance Day many people wear red poppies to remember those who died during any war, conflict or peacekeeping operation.

Poppies were among the first plants that came from the battlefields of northern France and Belgium during World War I.

Some people believed the popular myth that poppies were rich in their redness because they blossomed from grounds that were saturated with soldiers’ blood.

Services will be held across the state to commemorate Remembrance Day.  Find the closest service to you here.