November 11 is observed around the world as a day to commemorate those who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions.
In Australia, at 11am, we honour those who have sacrificed for their country for one minute in silence. This is the time to remember a relative, friend or ancestor, or simply to pay our respects.
For those new to the country, November 11 is a significant day in our calendar.
Commemorative services are held across Australia at schools, offices, local community centres and war memorials.
Should you be fortunate to attend a public service, you will be asked to stand for a reading of The Ode, a poem written for the fallen by Laurance Binyon.
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Listeners respond with: “Lest we forget”.
Before the minute of silence at 11am it is traditional for The Last Post to be played on a bugle. It is a beautiful, moving piece that no doubt will bring goose bumps.
On Remembrance Day you will be sure to see red poppies donned by those honouring those who have served.
The red poppy has been a traditional symbol of Remembrance Day and hope since World War I.
A single flower can be worn or laid at a memorial in tribute.
On the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month… we will remember them.