Take the time to reflect on Remembrance day – we will remember,
This year is the 95th anniversary of the armistice on 11 November which ended the First World War, but do all Australians know the origins of Remembrance Day?
In 1918 at 11am on 11 November after four years of warfare the ‘Western Front’ fell silent. The Western Front was the name the Germans called the series of trenches spanning 700km between the Belgian coast and the Swiss border.
The Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement and they accepted the allied terms of an unconditional surrender.
On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919 two minutes’ silence was instituted in London, as proposed by Australian journalist Edward Honey, which was later reduced to 1 minute in Australia in 1997.
After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day as Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for the day.
Red poppies are linked to war remembrance as during World War I they were the first plants to spring in the battlefields of northern France and Belgium and it now holds a symbolism of the sacrifice of shed blood.
Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
More than 2000 Australian schools will read the Pledge of Remembrance today, what will you do to remember?