This year’s Remembrance Day marks a significant milestone in Australia’s military history — it’s been 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front to end the Great War.
After more than four years of brutal fighting, the Armistice that ended the fighting during the First World War was signed with Germany.
From a population of around 4.5million, some 416000 enlisted for service in the Great War, and more than 112000 of them were Victorians.
Nearly 60000 of those Australian troops sadly never made it home, while another 150000 were wounded.
In the years that followed the war, November 11 was known as Armistice Day and two minutes of solemn silence was observed at 11am.
Today, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day, and it stands as the day we remember the men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations during a century of service.
Remembrance Day services
Seymour RSL will host a Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War.
The service will be held at the Seymour District Memorial Hospital gates at 11am (arrive by 10.45am).
Seymour RSL will hold a march from the RSL in Crawford St to the hospital, and invites anyone who would like to participate to join them.
Those in the march are asked to meet at the RSL by 10.30am.
After the ceremony, a light morning tea will be held at the RSL.
On November 11, 1918 at 11am, the most destructive war the modern world had seen was all but over and Australia, along with countries around the world, celebrated.
On Sunday, residents are invited to participate in the commemorative service and observe a minute’s silence to remember those who suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
ALHMP open day
The Australian Light Horse Memorial Park is holding an open day on Sunday to help commemorate the end of World War I.
The open day starts at 12.30pm with a sausage sizzle.
The day will allow visitors to hear about and explore the area where tens of thousands of troops were trained prior to embarkation overseas.
Wear a poppy
Volunteers around town are selling the much-loved, iconic red poppy with 100 per cent of the proceeds to support current and former service men and women in need.
You can purchase a poppy from volunteers in Station St, or from Woolworths.
Poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of France and Belgium, and since 1921 they have been used in remembrance of those who fell during times of war.
By supporting the Poppy Appeal, residents are acknowledging the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Australia Defence Force, while also raising funds to assist past and present service men and women and their families.