November 11, 2019, will mark the 101st anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War.
In Australia, the Remembrance Day National Ceremony includes a formal wreath-laying at the Australian War Memorial.
Celebrated around the world Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day, which celebrated the events of 11 November 1918 in which an armistice was agreed to during the First World War between the Allies and Germany that ended the fighting on the Western Front.
The Armistice took effect, at 11 a.m. Paris time on 11 November 1918 ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month"), and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany, although not formally a surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years.
The poem "In Flanders Fields" stimulated the images of the red poppy which later became the symbol of Remembrance Day. The custom to wear a red poppy on the anniversary started in Georgia (USA) and spread to Europe and the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919 two minutes' silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony at the new Cenotaph in London. The silence was proposed by Australian journalist Edward Honey, who was working in Fleet Street. At about the same time, a South African statesman made a similar proposal to the British Cabinet, which endorsed it.
King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire to suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice "which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom".
The two minutes' silence was adopted and it became a central feature of commemorations on Armistice Day.
The day has increasingly become important to Australians with calls by leaders to remember Australians fallen in conflict around the world.
Today more than 102,000 Australian servicemen and women have been killed in a range of conflicts since before federation and the day is remembered annually by the Australian community.
Each day the story of one of the fallen servicemen or women listed on the Roll of Honour is told at the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Traditionally on the 11th of November, the eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier, delivered in 1993 by then Prime Minister the Honourable Paul Keating, is read at the Last Post Ceremony.
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