Originally known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day commemorates the signing of the peace agreement that ended World War I at 11am on 11 November 1918. It is a time to remember and honour the memory of those who served, are currently serving, and those we have lost to the cause. Lest We Forget.
How can you remember our veterans, past and present, this Remembrance Day?
Busy lives and competing priorities mean sometimes we can forget to take a moment out of our day to reflect and remember our service men and women on Remembrance Day.
REMEMBER TO PAUSE
This year, we’re asking Australians to commit to marking the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with one minute’s silence. Set a reminder on your calendar, switch your phone to Do Not Disturb, put aside that urgent report for just one minute, and remember.
REMEMBER TO WEAR A POPPY
Poppies are the universal symbol of remembrance and a reminder of the human cost of war. It is traditional to wear a poppy on your lapel to show that you acknowledge and honour the service of our veterans.
And while most people wear a poppy on Remembrance Day itself, some believe you should wear it for the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day too.
REMEMBER TO COMMEMORATE
Many of our sub-Branches around New South Wales will be holding a Remembrance Day ceremony at their local cenotaph. You can find an event near you by contacting your local sub-Branch.
If you aren’t able to attend a commemorative event in person, you can watch a live stream of the Remembrance Day service at Martin Place in Sydney from 10:30am on 11 November. Or you can simply light a candle, recite The Ode and spend a minute in silent reflection.
REMEMBER TO HELP
There are many veterans who need a hand. It might be something as simple as mowing their lawn, helping them do the grocery shopping, or just stopping by for a cuppa and a chat. Why not reach out to your local sub-Branch and see if you can help a veteran in your area?
REMEMBER TO DONATE
The pandemic has severely impacted our sub-Branches’ ability to raise the funds they need to be able to support veterans in their local communities. So if you can afford to donate even a small amount, it is much needed and greatly appreciated.
When you donate to the Poppy Appeal, you can opt to dedicate a virtual poppy to a family member or friend – planting a Garden of Remembrance that will help us provide support and assistance to veterans all across Australia.
REMEMBER TO REMEMBER
No matter how you choose to commemorate Remembrance Day, all we really ask is that you remember to remember.
Remember those who have given their lives in service to their country in wars and conflicts around the world. Remember those who have come home injured or ill, in body or spirit. And remember those who bravely serve our country today.
Download the Wreath Ceremony video here.