Celebration and commemoration
2018 marks one hundred years since the Armistice. That moment when, in 1918, hostilities ceased. 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 minutes silence. After this minute, the flags are raised from half-mast to masthead and the Rouse is sounded.
It is also customary for the poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to be read allowed, the poppy dubbed the symbol of remembrance.
“In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ fields.”