The 11th of November is Remembrance Day. In Australia, this date marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War, which left 9-13 million dead. Each year, we observe one minute’s silence at 11am to remember those who have died or suffered in war.
I vividly remember buying red poppies as a primary school student in Victoria. The Flanders poppy has long been part of Remembrance Day, “During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldier’s folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.” Pictured below are red poppies, placed on the War Memorial’s Roll of Honour, where thousands of individuals are commemorated. You too, can place red poppies in the Roll of Honour.
The Australian War Memorial is a place of remembrance, located in Australia’s capital, Canberra. In the Hall of Memory, the remains of the Unknown Australian Soldier was interred in 1993. He “represents all Australians who have been killed in war.”
In Australia, we are protected from war – we live a peaceful life that is too often taken for granted. I am grateful for Remembrance Day, for the reminder that our lives are fortunate and blessed, because others have given all that they could, a reminder that this peace is not a privilege, but the gift of those who fought for us.
To learn more about The Australian War Memorial and Remembrance Day, visit https://www.awm.gov.au/.
Images by Daniel Spellman, Fiona Silsby and Adam Kropkinski-Myers, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.