Every year at 11am on 11 November—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

The day originally commemorated the 330,000 Australians who served in the First World War, and the more than 60,000 who died, but has since become a day to remember those who have served, died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

On Remembrance Day 2020 – the year we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (WWII) – we honour, recognise and remember all veterans, including those who served in WWII. We also acknowledge the sacrifice made by families on the homefront.

While we are unable to mark this year’s Remembrance Day by gathering together at Melbourne's Shrine, you can:

  • join an online commemorative broadcast (External link) at 10.45 am, live-streamed on the Shrine's Facebook and Youtube channels
  • observe the traditional one minute of silence at 11.00 am on 11 November
  • buy and dedicate a virtual poppy (External link) to loved ones online as part of the RSL Poppy Appeal 
  • leave a message of thanks on social media using the hashtags #RemembranceDay20 #VictoriaRemembers #RedtoRemember #lestweforget

Find out more

Learn more about the service and sacrifice of veterans - including recognition of WWII veterans in this, the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII at: www.vic.gov.au/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-two-wwii (External link)