AUSTRALIANS are encouraged to pause as a nation on Remembrance Day to remember the service
and sacrifice of our fallen men and women who gave their lives in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester is encouraging Australians to observe one minute of
silent reflection this Wednesday 11 November, at 11am in memory of the sacrifice of our current
and former service personnel.
“Remembrance Day is one of the most significant days of our year. It is a day where Australians can
remember those who have lost their lives during war, and stand beside our service personnel and
veterans and say thank you for your service and sacrifice,” Mr Chester said.
“For more than 100 years Australians have stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month in silent solidarity and it is during this time that we demonstrate that we will never forget
Originally known as Armistice Day, this solemn day was established in 1919, the year after the First
World War ended. It was only after the Second World War that 11 November became known as
Remembrance Day – as a reflection of the loss and sacrifice of both world wars.
“Just over 20 years after the First World War, Australia was again at war in a global conflict, the
Second World War, where more than 39,000 Australians lost their lives,” Mr Chester said.
“This Remembrance Day, wear a red poppy in remembrance of our fallen.
“Along with the red poppy, the veteran community is encouraged to wear their Veteran Lapel Pin or
Reservist Lapel Pin, provided as part of the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant, so the
community can readily identify and acknowledge those who have served our nation in the defence
“As a nation, we will remember them. Lest we forget.”
If you are a veteran or family member who may be struggling or in need of additional support during
this time, please call Open Arms 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit OpenArms.gov.au to find more about
The Australian War Memorial will commemorate Remembrance Day with a televised National
Ceremony on 11 November.
The ceremony will be take place in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of the Memorial from 10.45
am and will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC, and available later on ABC iView.
The Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony, featuring the recitation of the Eulogy for the Unknown
Australian Soldier by a member of the Australian Defence Force, will take place at 4.55 pm and be