Many decades have passed since the Armistice that ended World War 1. But, to this day, we still hold fast to the idea that peace is possible. Commemorating past wars and those who served in them is a continued reminder of that goal.
Originally named Armistice Day, the Australian and British governments renamed the 11th of November to Remembrance Day. It was Australian journalist Edward George Honey that instigated the minute of silence to remember those that had fallen. As a result, this tradition has continued to this day.
Unlike ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day is not a public holiday.
However, services are held Australia wide at 1100 at War Memorials and cenotaphs.
The Last Post is traditionally sounded by a bugler, followed by a minute's silence. After the minute's silence, the flags are raised from half-mast to masthead and the Rouse is sounded.
RSLWA’s official Remembrance Day service takes place each year at the State War Memorial in Kings Park on 11 November.
At 11am, buglers sound The Last Post from various CBD intersections synchronised with the Kings Park bugler.
Order of Proceedings:
10.30 – Arrival of Catafalque Party
Prayer of Remembrance
Recital Flanders Field
Remembrance Day Address – The Governor of Western Australia.
Wreath Laying Ceremony
Read by RSLWA State President.
They shall grow not old; as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them
1100 – Last Post
One Minute Silence
RAAF Fly Past
Lest We Forget
Catafalque Part Dismounts
Departure of Official Party