The citizens of Australia come together every year to observe Remembrance Day. This event always celebrated at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month (11th November) remembers the of signing of the armistice on 11th of November 1918, which ceased hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.
This event is observed to remember citizens who lost their lives in all past wars and peace keeping operations by Australians. The event was originally known as Armistice Day in the past but later on, the event became popularly known as Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day 2017 Date & Time of Service, Australia
The purpose of observing this event is to pay homage to all the soldiers who fought for our country. After the memorial program, bands, locals and soldiers all come together to remember this significant moment in Australia’s history.
Armistice Day marked the end of the bloodiest war in Australian history. During the war, too many men and women of Australia lost their lives on the battlefields of Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Thus this event is observed to remember all those 60,000 dead soldiers and 156,000 wounded during this deadly war.
In 2016, there will be a number of events held around Melbourne, but the Shrine of Remembrance on St. Kilda Road will host a number of special events:
The Service: from 10.30am – One minute of silence at 11am followed by a wreath laying ceremony.
Ray of Light: 11.50am – 12.10pm – Watch as the sun passes across the Stone of Remembrance
Remembrance Ceremonies: Every half hour from 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Flag Ceremony and Last Post: 5pm – In the Shrine WW2 forecourt.
You can get to the Shrine of Remembrance by walking just 10 minutes from Flinders Street Station up St. Kilda Road, or take any St Kilda road south bound tram except route number 1. Disembark at tram stop 19 or the Domain Road interchange. If you are using the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle bus, disembark at Stop 13.
If you cannot attend the ceremonies in Melbourne, then simply pay your respects by observing a minute of silence at 11am.