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Blog post from Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

November 11, is Remembrance Day, marking the end of World War 1.

On the morning of 11 November 1918, Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies. This marked the end of the Great War. November 11 has come to be known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. Traditionally, British, Canadian, South African, Australian and New Zealand citizens observe the day with a minutes’ silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, which is the time that the armistice became effective.

The red poppy has come to be recognised as the symbol for Remembrance Day. It was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders, an area in western Europe now spanned by Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave.

From the Australian War Memorial Website

We will remember them. Lest we forget.