Happy Veteran's Day
Every year, on 11 November at 11 am – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.
At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, a steady stream of visitors arrived Saturday morning as the names of the 58,000 people on the wall were being read over a loudspeaker.
Some visitors took pictures, others made rubbings of names, and some left mementos: a leather jacket, a flag made out of construction paper, pictures of young soldiers and even several snow globes with an American eagle inside.
Learn what happened at 11 am on 11 November 1918. Find out the significance of poppies and rosemary on Remembrance Day and why we observe a minute's silence at 11am.
Why do we honor the Unknown Soldier?
Find out what Remembrance Day events are being held in your area.
Find information about Remembrance Day events held overseas.
Organizing a ceremony
Find information on how to prepare a commemorative ceremony in your local community or school.
Each year the Department of Veterans’ Affairs produces a commemorative poster for Remembrance Day. The theme of this year’s poster is the commemoration of Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962–1975. The poster features an image of Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army servicemen rushing a wounded soldier from an Iroquois helicopter for treatment at the 8th Field Ambulance in Nui Dat, Vietnam. The casualty is a member of 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, wounded in the battle of Suoi Chau Pha on 6 August 1967.