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Honouring The Fallen
2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of Remembrance Day when Australians are encouraged to pause for one minute's silence to remember those who have died in wars, conflicts and peace operations around the world.
Remembrance Day is recognised on at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day is also called poppy day and these red flowers with black centres are worn to represent the day. Poppies remind us of the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended.
They feature in the poem, Flanders Field which reads,
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. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders Fields.
While it is not a public holiday, Remembrance Day is an important moment in Australia's history.
As the world battles the invisible enemy of the COVID virus and while millions of lives have been impacted by the disease, Remembrance Day may take on even great significance. Be sure to mark the time and date in your diary to remember those soldiers who lost their lives in war.