It is over. The enormous effort of the men – yes, and women and children….is finished….Australia will settle down to carve out her new and splendid future….we are free to be happy again.
Sixty thousand Australians bought us this happiness with their lives.
– Charles Bean
Every year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause in silence for 1 minute to remember those who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peace operations.
Originally called “Armistice Day”, the name was changed following the Second World War to commemorate those who have participated in any war conflicts; not only World War 1.
Remembrance Day is a time to stop, reflect and remember those who have been affected by war service, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their life.
This year, the 11th of November will mark 100 years since the Armistice that ended the First World War was signed. At this time in 1918, after four years of warfare and the loss of over 60,000 Australian lives, the guns on the Western Front fell silent and a peace settlement was secured.
A number of events are being held around the country and the state to commemorate this important date. You can find a full list on our Armistice Events page.