99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918)

99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918)

PM&C
Friday, November 10, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

A photograph of poppies in the field, with the words 'Saturday 11 November 2017, Remembrance Day'.

On Saturday 11 November, we pause at 11am local time for one minute's silence to remember the sacrifice of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918). 

In November 1914 a convoy of ships from the Royal Australian Navy, New Zealand, Britain and Japan, departed from Albany in Western Australia carrying 30,000 troops who would become the first Anzacs, bound for service in the First World War. At 5am on 11 November 1918, Germany accepted armistice terms which became effective at 11am the same day, and as the guns fell silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, four years of hostilities ended.

Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.

Find out more about Remembrance Day on the Australian War Memorial website.