As a nation we unite for our fallen

Today, Australians paused to remember the more than 102,000 Australian men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country over the last century.

11 November 2020

Each year, on 11 November at 11:00am, Australia pauses for a minute of remembrance. In silent solidarity, we stand together for all those who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Originally known as Armistice Day, 11 November marked the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front, marking the end of the First World War. However, just 20 years later Australia was at war again, in the largest global conflict of the 20th Century – the Second World War. 

It was after the Second World War that 11 November became known as Remembrance Day in commemoration of those who were killed in both world wars, and now all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The Australian War Memorial held a nationally televised Remembrance Day commemorative event. In light of the restrictions resulting from the pandemic, the format of the ceremony was altered to ensure it complids with COVID-safe rules and was attended by a limited number of invited guests. It was broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and will be available on ABC iview. 

As always, the service included the laying of wreaths and a minute’s silence on the eleventh hour. 

More information about the 2020 Remembrance Day commemorative event is on the Remembrance Day page of the Australian War Memorial website.

We are also encouraging Australians to continue to share their stories of a serving relative on social media by using the hashtag #OneInAMillion. Just take a photo either of yourself holding a photo or the memorabilia of a serving relative, or with them if possible. By sharing their story, we as a community can ensure the importance of this date and their story are remembered for generations to come.

We understand that this can be an emotional time for veterans and their families, if you need additional support during this time, call Open Arms 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit OpenArms.gov.au to find more about services available.

Hand placing poppy on Roll of Honour at AWM