Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day and Veterans Day is observed all across Australia on the 11th of November of each year with a 1 minute of silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
This marks the Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the 1st World war.
The Poppy has become the emblem for remembrance day due to the poem
"In Flanders Field"
These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War 1, their brilliant red color certainly is an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are Dead. Short days ago
We lived, Felt dawn, Saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
in Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shell not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
By John McCrae
Lest We Forget