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Remembrance Day – when we are asked pause for a solo minute on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Just one minute of the 1440 granted to us each day to remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have died and fought in wars and peacekeeping operations, and for those who continue to serve our country.
No matter where you are, you can take part in the one minute of silence. But for many, it's a time to join the rest of the community in marking this important event at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance.
This year's Melbourne service begins at 10.30am at The Shrine Forecourt, with the Governor of Victoria's Remembrance Day address, wreath laying and the one minute of silence at 11am.
Victorian RSL branches hold their own Remembrance Day services each year too. Contact your local branch to be a witness to the ceremony at your local town's cenotaph, or check the ceremony listings on the Shrine's website here.
See the Ray of Light
After the ceremony at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, visitors can gather at the Sanctuary to see the Ray of Light (11.50pm-12.10pm) and witness the sun passing across the Stone of Remembrance until the light lands on the word 'love' at 12pm.
For those who miss the 12pm Ray of Light, a simulation will take place in the Sanctuary every half hour from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.
Other ways to commemorate Remembrance Day
Purchase a poppy or badge/pin as part of the Remembrance Day appeal
Witness the Flag Ceremony and Last Post at The Melbourne Shrine WWII Forecourt at 5pm on Remembrance Day
Plant a personalised poppy in the Shrine's Field of Poppies.
Join your local community at your town's Remembrance Day service.
Stop to simply pause for a minute's silence at 11am on November 11.
For more information on Remembrance Day in Melbourne, see here.