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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

By November 10, 2012

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Australian War Memorial in CanberraNovember 11 is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day. It is, of course, the anniversary of the end of World War I nearly a century ago, and it is a day for remembering those who died in the wars.

In November 1997, then Australian Governor-General Sir William Deane formally proclaimed November 11 Remembrance Day and urged all Australians to observe one minute's silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

While Remembrance Day is thus observed in Australia, the better-known "remembrance" day in Australia is actually Anzac Day on April 25 each year.

Ceremonies take place on November 11 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and in many other cities and towns. Across the country Australians observing the day pause for a minute's silence at 11am in remembrance of the fallen.

Photo: Australian War Memorial in Canberra, courtesy Canberra Tourism & Events Corporation

November 10, 2007 at 4:53 pm
(1) Linda says:

They will never be forgotten, the soldiers who fought so bravely so we can have the life we do today. I hope the young of today will never forget and all of us show the respect that our soldiers deserve, fallen or still fighting. Our prayers are with them always.

November 11, 2007 at 12:01 am
(2) Dan says:

Why was the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month chosen??? Strange!

November 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(3) jh says:

Thanks for a great and informative article. I have also always wondered why this day was picked. Do you know?


November 11, 2008 at 6:47 am
(4) Andre says:

11 o’clock on the eleventh day of november was chosen because it is the exact time and date that the First World War ended with the signing of the Armistice with Germany in 1918.

November 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm
(5) steve says:

The 11th of the 11th @ 11am the Armistace was signed @5am that morning. By the time the cease fire kicked in at 11am a further eleven thousand casulties & 3000 deaths occurred.

August 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(6) Raymond Dale says:

The number 11 is an Illuminati signature of their order out of the chaos they create just as was 911.

November 7, 2011 at 7:21 am
(7) Michael Gilson says:

11th of the 11th you will never forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Michael Gilson

November 10, 2011 at 8:37 am
(8) Michele says:

Stand Sure

November 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(9) Chimdi Chibuenyi says:

Thank you to all the soliders who saved this land. R.I.P!

November 5, 2012 at 11:38 am
(10) raphael says:

These people who broght peace to this country

December 3, 2012 at 4:21 am
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