On 11 November each year, Australians gather together to remember the sacrifice of those have who served and died for their country during wars and conflict. This day was originally known as Armistice Day and marked the cessation of World War I hostilities, the ‘war to end all wars’.
After the end of WWI, an Australian AAP reporter, Edward Honey, wrote to the King suggesting five minutes of silence be held on 11 November each year in remembrance. The King eventually agreed to two minutes which has been shortened to one minute in Australia, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month each year.
On and around 11 November, the Returned & Services League of Australia sells thousands of red poppies to raise funds for its welfare work.