On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. Beginning with their stunning success at the battle of Hamel in July, they helped to turn the tide of the war at Amiens in August, followed by the capture of Mont St Quentin and Pèronne, and the breaching of German defences at the Hindenburg Line in September. By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.
In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.
Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Remembrance Day National Ceremony
10.30 am to 12 pm
On Remembrance Day the Australian War Memorial will host the nation’s key commemoration. The ceremony includes a formal wreathlaying and will be attended by many high-level dignitaries, diplomats, school students, as well as thousands of members of the general public. Australia’s Federation Guard and the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon will be on parade.
The Commemorative address will be delivered by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).
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Ticketing and seating
Tickets for the 2019 Remembrance Day National Ceremony are to be booked via the online booking website TryBooking.
Please note that seating is limited. Once booked, tickets will be emailed via TryBooking and must be presented on the day.
Ticket bookings are now open to the general public, please use the below electronic link to book your tickets.
Remembrance Day Ceremony: Book free tickets here
For those without internet access, please call (02) 6206 9813 to book your ticket.
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Approximately 10 minutes before the commencement of the ceremony, public will be invited to fill any unoccupied seating that remains. The proceedings may also be viewed from the Memorial lawns or along the fence line of the ceremony.