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Remembrance Day in Australia – 11th November

On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, Australians will pause for a moment of silence.

Remembrance Day is the anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. It is also the day we remember those who have died or served during war time.

2013 is the 95th Remembrance Day, which was originally called Armistice Day until the end of the Second World War in 1945. The name was changed by the Australian and British Governments to remember all those who have fought during war time. This year will mark 20 years since the Unknown Soldier was brought home to the Australian War Memorial and buried in the Hall of Memory. The Unknown Soldier was killed in the First World War, and although plans to bring him home originally started in the 1920s, they only came to fruition in the 90s.

There will be a national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, with members of the public welcome to attend. The service this year will be delivered by former Prime Minister Paul Keating, as he gave the eulogy in 1993 when the soldier arrived home.

If you are looking to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony, here is what is happening around the country. Remember to wear a red poppy, the symbol worn to commemorate the commonwealth’s fallen soldiers.

Sydney – There will be a commemorative service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place at 10.15am. There will also be a service at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park at 11am.

Melbourne – There will be a service at the Shrine of Remembrance on Birdwood Ave from 10.30am.

Perth – A ceremony will be held at the State War Memorial in Kings Park at 10.30am, and in Fremantle there will be a service at Monument Hill Memorial Reserve.

Brisbane – There will be a ceremony at ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance starting at 10:40am.

Hobart – A ceremony will be held at the Hobart Cenotaph in the Queens Domain with wreath laying beginning from 11am.

Darwin – Ceremony at Darwin Cenotaph on The Esplanade, Bicentennial Park.

Adelaide – The ceremony will be given at the South Australian National War Memorial on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.

Remembrance Day is about paying tribute to those who lost their lives or suffered during war time. Even if you don’t attend a ceremony, take a moment’s silence at 11 minutes past 11 o’clock on the 11th November to pay a tribute. Anzac Day which is marked by a public holiday in April, commemorates the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have fought for their countries, but Remembrance Day allows for reflection on all of our Commonwealth cousins.

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