Australians commemorate Remembrance Day

November 11, 2017

Australians have gathered around the globe to remember the sacrifices of their servicemen and women.

Australians are being urged to pause for a minute's silence this Remembrance Day and reflect on the service and sacrifice of more than one million Australians who have served their country.

Saturday marks 99 years since the signing of the Armistice with Germany that brought an end to World War I on November 11, 1918.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan says he hopes that at 11am the nation will fall silent to honour the bravery and sacrifice of Australia's servicemen and women past and present, especially the 102,000 who lost their lives during wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

"I encourage everyone to observe one minute's silence today and to wear a red poppy to honour the memory of their service," he said.

To mark this year's 99th anniversary of the Armistice signing, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will deliver a commemorative address at the Australian War Memorial.

His speech will be followed by one minute's silence and a laying of floral tributes at the memorial's Hall of Memory.

"It's a really important day for Australia because it marks the 60,000 men and women who sacrificed their lives during this tragic war," AWM spokesman Chris Wagner said.

"It's also important that people remember that the minute's silence at 11am is not just about being silent, it's also about stopping and reflecting on the service of those who have served our nation - not only in WWI, but in wars after that and who continue to serve."

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