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Remembrance Day

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On 11 November 1918, a ceasefire came into force to end four years of hostilities of World War I.  This occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  Each year, we pause to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those who have served during the past 100 years.

Wearing a Red Poppy

During World War I, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium.  Image of red poppySince 1921 wearing a poppy has enabled Australians to show they have not forgotten the Australian servicemen and women who have given their lives in wars and conflicts during the past 100 years.

One minutes' silence

At 11am on 11 November 1919, Australians, for the first time, paused and stood in silent tribute to the men and women of the Australian Imperial Force as a sign of respect and a time for reflection for those who died on battlefields in the Middle East, Gallipoli and Europe.

In 1997 the Governor-General issued a Proclamation urging all Australians to observe the one or two minutes silence on Remembrance Day at 11am on 11 November every year.

11 November 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice taking effect and bring to an end the four-year Anzac Centenary commemorations.