How you can commemorate this Remembrance Day
Friday 11th November is Remembrance Day. It is a day of unity and reflection when Australians pause to remember and honour our veterans who have served and those who have died during wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. Whether you choose to wear a poppy, attend a service, or take a quiet moment of reflection there are many ways you can commemorate:
1) Wear a poppy in the lead up to Remembrance Day and on Remembrance Day itself
Available from RSL Volunteers, selected Woolworths and Officeworks stores or online at: www.commemorative-badges.myshopify.com
2) Attend a Commemorative Service
Contact your local RSL sub-Branch for a service near you. The NSW Remembrance Day service will take place at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney, between 10.30am and 11.30am. Live stream will be available here.
3) Pause for a minute of silence at 11am
Wherever you may be (whether at work, school, out on errands or at home), at 11am on the 11th Nov, pause and reflect to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of our Australian Defence Force.
4) Read or recite the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”
Written by Major John McCrae in 1915 this poem and the poppies it references have become an enduring symbol of Remembrance Day and the human cost of war. The tradition of wearing a poppy on the 11th of November was inspired by this poem.
5) Share a personal story on social media of who you will remember this Remembrance Day using the hashtags #RemembranceDay #LestWeForget #remembertoremember
6) Make a/some poppies with your family, friends or colleagues to display on your letterbox, fence, window, school or workplace
To help all Australians commemorate this Remembrance Day, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has released a pack of digital and printable resources. The kitbag includes a suggested order of service with flag protocols, music, sample speeches, the Ode of Remembrance and activities for children. Print them out or adapt them to your needs. Find out more here.
For more information and resources on how you can commemorate this Remembrance Day visit: remembertoremember.com.au