Each year on 11 November Australians come together to commemorate Remembrance Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. This followed the signing of an Armistice to end the First World War, Australia’s costliest war. In four years, more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas. More than 60,000 of them had died.
A two minute silence was observed on the first anniversary of the Armistice. Today, Australians continue to pause for a minute’s silence at 11am to honor those who have died or suffered at war or in armed conflicts.
The Australian War Memorial holds a nationally-televised Remembrance Day commemorative ceremony. This is broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and is available later on ABC iView.
Lest we forget.
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Stream these World War One movies on Kanopy:
- Warbirds Over the Trenches - the story of the beginning of war in the sky!
- Monash – the Forgotten ANZAC - Sir John Monash helped create the Anzac legend by ensuring the courage of his men was enshrined in Australian history.
- Winning World War I is a moving dramatisation of the landmark book, The Western Front Diaries, written by historian Dr Jonathan King to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War One.
- Legacy of the World War One Aviators celebrates a little-known chapter of aviation history, telling the stories of the group of legendary World War One pilots who came together to establish and operate Australia's first commercial airline in the remote reaches of Western Australia.
- Revealing Gallipoli - an award-winning, in-depth look at what happened on Australia's most revered place of battle.
- Charge of the Anzacs - in 1917 Australian Light Horse soldiers claimed one of the greatest ever cavalry charged victories in history. Some 95 years later, 40 Australians retraced their footsteps in living detail.
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- Learn more about World War One with Britannica Online. Enter your library card number and type World War One into the Adult search bar.
- Visit the Australian War Memorial website for information on the First World War and Remembrance Day. Submit a message on the 2020 Virtual Poppy Wall.
- State Library of Queensland has great resources on World War One and other conflicts.
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