The 11th of November is Remembrance Day.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.
Remembrance Day was originally called Armistice Day, and two minutes of silence was observed for the first time at 11 am on 11 November 1919 to remember those who had died.
After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal to rename Armistice Day to ‘Remembrance Day’, to commemorate and remember those who were killed in both World Wars. Today, we remember the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts.
In 1918, Australia made a promise never to forget the service and sacrifice of 416,000 Australians who enlisted and over 60,000 who died. For over 100 years, we have kept this promise. We remember them still. (Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 2021)
The Library commemorates those who have fallen in protecting our nation.
We will remember them. Lest we forget.