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AUSTRALIAN observances

Remembrance Day

On 11th of November each year Australians hold solemn Remembrance Day ceremonies to remember the sacrifices made by all our men and women who have fought and died in war.

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Remembrance Day was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice signed between the WWI Allies and Germany. The cessation of hostilities on the Western Front took effect at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

After World War II ended, Armistice Day was changed to Remembrance Day in British Commonwealth countries including Australia. In the USA, however, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

At RSL Clubs throughout Australia, the Remembrance Silence is a solemn ritual that takes place every night. All lights except a Memorial Flame or an Illuminated Cross are dimmed. Everyone present stands in silence facing the Flame or Cross and the Ode from For the Fallen is recited (usually from a recording).

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Please see our Australian Military page for links to Anzac websites, Australian war graves, memorials and museums.

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Remembrance Poems and description of the solemn ritual that takes place at the RSL clubs throughout Australia.

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