Remembrance Day

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute's silence at 11am on 11 November in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Government Web Site about Remembrance Day

For a full and detailed explanation go to: http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance/index.htm at the Australian War Memorial web site.

Bass Hill's Remembrance Day

The Bass Hill RSL Sub Branch commemorates “Remembrance Day” with a full Service conducted at the Sub-Branch memorial at the Bass Hill RSL Club, 330 Hector Street, Bass Hill.  The Service will actually commence at 10.40am so it concludes with the minute silence at 11am.

Remembrance Day Address 2016 by Jacqui Roser

Significance of the Poppy

It was French YMCA Secretary, Madame Guerin, who in 1918 conceived the idea of selling silk poppies to help needy soldiers.

Poppies were first sold in England on Armistice Day in 1921 by members of the British Legion to raise money for those who had been incapacitated by the war.

The practice began in Australia the same year, promoted by the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia (now known as the Returned & Services League of Australia or RSL).

In the lead-up to it November each year, the RSL sells red poppies for Australians to pin on their lapels, with proceeds helping the organisation undertake welfare work.

Since 1921 wearing a poppy has enabled Australians to show they have not forgotten the more than 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who have given their lives in wars and conflicts during the past l00 years.

Flanders poppy seeds may be grown in Australian gardens. By planting the seeds in April, the poppies bloom in November, in time for Remembrance Day. They serve as a visual reminder of those Australians who have died in war.

Significance of Rosemary

The Ancient Greeks believed that rosemary made their memories stronger. This idea has been carried on today when people wear sprigs of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance for those who have died in wars.