Remembrance Day

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History

At 5am on 11 November 1918, three German government representatives accepted the Armistice terms presented to them by an allied commander, General Foch of the French Army. The demands of the Armistice included the withdrawal of German forces to the east bank of the Rhine within 30 days; immediate cessation of warfare; and surrender of the German fleet and all heavy guns with no further negotiations until the signing of the peace treaty.

The armistice became effective at 11am the same day, and as the guns fell silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, four years of hostilities ended.

The cease-fire was made permanent the following year when members of the Commonwealth and the League of Nations signed the Treaty of Versailles. People across the world celebrated the war’s end – celebrations tempered by thoughts of the enormous suffering and loss of life resulting from the War.

World War I began in 1914 and lasted for four years. More than 416 000 Australians volunteered for service in World War I. Of these, 324 000 served overseas. More than 60 000 Australians were killed, including 45 000 who died on the Western Front in France and Belgium and more than 8 000 who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. As well as Australian soldiers, many nurses in the Australian Army Nursing Service served on the Western Front. These nurses worked in overcrowded hospitals for up to 16 hours a day, looking after soldiers with shocking injuries and burns. Those who worked in hospitals close to the fighting were also in danger of being shelled by the enemy.

In Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States, 11 November became known as Armistice Day – a day to remember those who died in World War I. The day continues to be commemorated in Allied countries.
After World War II the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.

In October 1997 the then Governor-General issued a Proclamation declaring 11 November as Remembrance Day – a day to remember the sacrifice of those who have died for Australia in wars and conflicts.

The Proclamation reinforced the importance of Remembrance Day and encouraged all Australians to renew their observance of the event.

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8 thoughts on “Remembrance Day

  1. Cara
    I learnt that the red symbolises the blood of the fallen soldiers, black is the grief over them and green is the hope.
    It happens on 11 of November 1918 at 5am in the morning.
    That 60,000 people died in World War One

  2. Today we learnt that the poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day because during the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of Northern France and Belgium.

  3. The armistice became effective at 11Am the same day as the guns fell silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, four years of hostilities ended.

  4. In October 1997 the Governor – General issued a proclamation deal sting 11 November Remember day.
    Nurses worked for 16 hours a day looking after soldiers.
    In the war poppy was the last flower.
    11th November 1918 5am Red is for the blood of the soldiers.

  5. Jack : i learned new zelend Canada and USA joined Australia in the war. 416 000 people in Australia volunteered to go o the war and 60 000. 324 000 severed over seas.

    Daniel : i learned Canada new Zealand and USA helped Australia in world war 1 and it went for 4 years until they agreed.

  6. 1. We learnt that the war started at 11/11/1914 and ended on the 11/11/1918.
    2. We learnt in October 1997 they renamed armistice day to Remembrance Day.
    3. We also learnt that 416,000 volunteers at WW1, 320,000 served overseas and 60,000 killed including 45,000 who died on the western front of France.
    4. Poppy’s represent the Flanders field and the people how died in the war.

  7. After World War II the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s that Armistice at could be named rememberence day, to remember those who died in both wars.
    World war 1 begain 1914 lasted for 4 years.
    That 60,000 people died in world war 1.

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