At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the Armistice ending the First World War came into effect and the fighting on the Western Front stopped.
This year is the 98th anniversary.
Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front, where more than 45,000 lost their lives and more than one-third of those have no known grave.
Sadly, this was not the last time that Australians have been called upon to fight, and die, for the values and freedoms that also define our national character.
More than 102,000 Australians have died serving our country in all wars and conflicts.
In Australia on the 75th anniversary of the armistice in 1993 the remains of an unknown Australian soldier, exhumed from a First World War military cemetery in France, were ceremonially entombed in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory.
In 1997, Governor-General Sir William Deane issued a proclamation formally declaring 11 November to be Remembrance Day, urging all Australians to observe one minute's silence at 11 am on 11 November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
Recent Australian military commitments
- Operations Bastille, Falconer and Catalyst - 2003-2009
- 16,929 ADF deployed (2003-2009)
- 27 ADF personnel wounded (2003-2009)
- Operation Okra - 2014 to present
- Operation Slipper – 2001-2014
- 28,515 person deployed Afghanistan 2001-2014
- 41 ADF operational deaths (2002-2013)
- 262 ADF personnel wounded (2002-2013)
- Operation Highroad – 2015-present
10,201 ADF deployed Middle East Region 2014-present.