Remembrance Day is a powerful and emotive historic day. For many it is an important occasion to pause, reflect and remember loved ones. For some, it can sometimes bring unexpected memories or feelings. This year we encourage you to reach out to Soldier On for support and stay connected: firstname.lastname@example.org
At 11am on the 11th of November every year, 1 minute’s silence is observed to remember those who died fighting to protect our nation. For many Australians it’s important to mark this significant date, by wearing a poppy, viewing a broadcast of the National Remembrance Day service and pausing at 11am for a minutes silence to honour and remember those who died protecting our country.
When is Remembrance Day 2020?
Remembrance Day falls on the 11th of November each year. This year it falls on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died or suffered fighting to protect the nation.
Many Remembrance Day events in 2020 will be different this year due to social distancing restrictions. You can still commemorate in your own way and stay connected.
What is the origin of Remembrance Day?
At 11am on 11th November 1918 the guns fell silent. The Germans called for an armistice (halt to the fighting) and after more than 4 years of continuous battle, silence fell.
The moment hostilities ceased has become associated with the remembrance of those who died in the war and all conflicts.
Today over 100 years on, Remembrance Day has become a time when many pause, pay their respects to the Australian Defence Force community, and remember those who lost their lives in the two world wars and later conflicts. As well as a time to honour and think of those currently serving in the Australian Defence Force.
Why do people wear Poppies on Remembrance Day?
Many people wear poppies in the lead up to and on Remembrance Day. The poppy has become a symbol to remember those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.
The reason people wear poppies to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended.
How should I commemorate Remembrance Day 2020?
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some annual Remembrance Day events will not be able to go ahead, while some are taking place with limited numbers or in different ways.
This year it’s more important than ever to stay connected with others, whilst being mindful of local social distancing regulations. You can keep in contact with people over the phone or online and find a way to commemorate the day in your own way. Check out Soldier On’s calendar of events or contact your nearest Soldier On office to find out if there is anything happening local to you.
This year the Australian War Memorial will hold a nationally televised Remembrance Day commemorative ceremony, broadcast live by the ABC. The Memorial is closed to the public on the morning of Wednesday 11th November and will reopen after the National Ceremony, with extended opening hours. Free timed tickets must be pre-booked. Find out more on the Australian War Memorial’s website.
People across Australia will stand united, yet socially distanced, at 11am on the 11th November 2020 and observe the 1 minute’s silence. Listening to your local radio station, viewing the national broadcast or connecting with Soldier On and members of the veteran community can be powerful.
However you decide to commemorate Remembrance Day, be sure to stay connected with friends, family and reach out for support from Soldier On if you need it.
Lest we forget.