Remembrance Day

 REMEMBRANCE DAY  - 11th NOVEMBER - marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians and other countries observe one minute silence at the 11th HOUR of the 11th DAY of the 11th MONTH in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

History

The moment in 1918 when hostilities ceased was originally named Armistice Day, becoming a time when allied nations honoured the brave sacrifices made by all who fought and lost their lives during the First World War. At the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments renamed November 11th Remembrance Day to mark and remember all who have fallen in times of war.

The ritual of observing one minute of silence was first proposed by Australian journalist Edward Honey in 1918 and today continues to be universally practiced on Remembrance Day each year around the world.

Red Poppy

During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldier's folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground, making the poppy symbolic of the bloodshed in trench warfare.