Remembrance Day – 11 November
Every year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars and peacekeeping operations.
Victorian State Remembrance Day Service
Saturday 11 November 2017
Service information for general public
History of Remembrance Day
In late 1918, after more than four years of bitter fighting, Allied forces finally broke stubborn German resistance and forced Germany to sue for peace. Entire nations cheered as fighting ceased and the armistice took effect at 11am on the 11th November 1918. One year later the first commemorations to mark the end of the war were held across the Commonwealth on the 11th November 1919. At the request of King George V the people of the Empire ceased work at 11am to hold a two minute vigil to remember the fallen. This vigil would evolve into the minute's silence of today's Remembrance Day services.
By the end of the Second World War Armistice Day had grown from solely a remembrance of the men and women of the Great War into something larger, becoming a day to honour all those who had fallen in war. With this evolution came a change of name and 11 November became known as Remembrance Day. Under this name Australians today remember all those who served and sacrificed during times of war and on peacekeeping operations in recent decades each November 11. Services are held at memorials, RSL clubs and schools across the country and 11am on this day, each including a minute's silence dedicated to the fallen.
Shrine of Remembrance
Armistice Day was also the date chosen for two key events at the Shrine of Remembrance; the foundation stone was laid on 11 November 1927 and the Shrine was officially dedicated on 11 November 1934. The dedication was witnessed by more than 300,000 people, more than half the population of Melbourne and the largest crowd seen in Australia at that time.