At 11 am on 11 November, Australians will stop whatever they’re doing to observe one minute’s silence. StudyAdelaide tells you why…
What is Remembrance Day?
Remembrance Day is a day where Australia remembers people who have died or suffered for our country in war or conflict.
Why is Remembrance Day held on 11 November?
11 November is the anniversary of the armistice between the Allies and Germany, which effectively ended World War I. In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the ceasefire on the Western Front came into force. This marked the end of hostilities; however, the war wouldn’t officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the following June.
Remembrance Day 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice.
How can you get involved?
You can join in with people all over Australia who will stop whatever they’re doing at 11 am on Remembrance Day to observe one minute’s silence for those who have fallen or suffered.
You can also attend a Remembrance Day service. The Adelaide Remembrance Day Service is held at the South Australian National War Memorial, commencing at 10.45 am. Your local council will have information on Remembrance Day services in your neighbourhood.
Many people choose to wear a red poppy as a sign of remembrance. Poppy sellers from the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) be out on the streets of Adelaide in the lead up to Remembrance Day, with all proceeds going to support veterans.