Published on November 11, 2011, By admin
Today is Remembrance day as it is 11th November, 2011.
The significance of Remembrances day as an Australian citizen traces back to the end of world war I, where Germany had declared armistice (ceased fighting) and surrendered in 1918.
Prior to world war II, 11th November was known as armistice day to celebrate the anniversary of Germany declared armistice. However the greater loss of lives in World War II make the day no longer valid to commemorate all the dead, the name of 11th November was changed to what we known today as the Remembrance day.
Since then, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month had been used to commemorate those Australian citizens soldiers who served in the army and past away during any war conflicts.
In 1997, Governor-General Sir William Dean issued a proclamation formally declaring 11th of November to be Remembrance Day, urging all Australian citizens to observe one minute's silence at 11 am on 11 th November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
Ceremonies are helded across the country. today. This year had been quite an emotional year as many soldiers had been fought and died in the Afghan conflicts. Particularly, the 3 Australian soldiers who were ambushed this week.
Lest we forget!