Attended by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Remembrance Day 2015 marks the 97th anniversary of the end of World War 1 on November 11th, 1918. The First World War formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" when the armistice was signed by representatives of Germany and the Alliance. Between nine and thirteen million died in the four year conflict and the allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.
Originally called Armistice Day, the name was then changed after the end of the Second World War by the Australian and British governments to Remembrance Day. This day is to remember those who died in the line of duty in the First World War and every armed conflict since.
The Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial includes a formal wreath laying and will be attended by many high-level dignitaries, diplomats and students from each state and territory representing the youth of Australia. Australia's Federation Guard and the Band of the Royal Military College will be on parade. The ceremony will also be attended by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as part of their twelve day tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend to remember the fallen. It is advised that the public arrive by 10am. Guests with pre-arranged seating are required to be seated by 10:15am. The National Ceremony commences at 10.30am and will finish by midday. Standing room for the public is available on the day and you are welcome to bring chairs or rugs to view the ceremony in the grounds of the Memorial.
Please note that the Memorial will be closed during the ceremony and will re-open after the ceremony's conclusion.
The red remembrance poppy has become an emblem of Remembrance Day because of a poem by written by Major John McCrae, In Flanders Fields and poppies flowered across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in the First World War. It is said that their bright red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war and is used to commemorate the fallen on Remembrance Day and now also ANZAC Day.
After the Ceremony, perhaps visit the "Australia in the Great War" exhibition inside the Australian War Memorial. The exhibition presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, displaying artworks, uniforms, medals, firearms and personal items.
Source: Australian War Memorial website
Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial will be a moving tribute for all ages. The War Memorial is an emotional museum to visit at any time of the year, so attending this ceremony on Remembrance Day will be an unforgettable experience. With Australians currently deployed overseas, it is a moving tribute to all.