Remembrance Day: today's commemorations still mark the 97th anniversary of the end of the Great War
Remembrance Day: today's commemorations still mark the 97th anniversary of the end of the Great War Scott Powick / Daily News / TWE1

Remembrance Day: Why on this day at 11am we remember them

ON THE 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - we will remember them.

Today is Remembrance Day.

A day that came into being largely because the war that was supposed to end all wars failed to do so.

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It started out as Armistice Day, to mark the occasion, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, on which the First World War came to an end.

Frank Bontoft, an RSL sub branch president, said the occasion we will mark at 11am today grew out of the original commemoration of Armistice Day, at the end of the First World War.

Today's commemorations still mark the 97th anniversary of the end of the Great War, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Mr Bontoft said that although the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing was the big commemoration this year, the war still had more than three years to run after Gallipoli.

"Some of the most fierce battles of this war still had not occurred.


"By the 11th November 1918 between nine and thirteen million solders had died, many with no known grave.

"This year marks the 97th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War One.

"On the anniversary to the Armistice in 1919 two minutes silence was instituted in London with King George V. After World War Two the Australian and British Governments changed the name to Remembrance Day.

"In 1997 Governor General Sir William Deane issued a proclamation declaring November 11 to be Remembrance Day and to be observed at 11am with one minute's silence to remember all those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts," Mr Bontoft said.


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