The 2017 Remembrance Day event will be observed at the Shepparton Cenotaph on Saturday 11 November, commencing 10:30am.
Remembrance Day, which was originally called Armistice Day, commemorates the end of the hostilities for the Great War (World War I) and the signing of the armistice, which occurred on November 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. On the first anniversary of the armistice, in 1919, one minute’s silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony. After the end of World War II in 1945, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day as an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead. Services are held at 11am at war memorials in suburbs and towns across the country, the “Last Post” is played by a bugler and a one-minute silence is observed for who died fighting to protect the nation.
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