On Remembrance Day Australians observea minute of silence in memory of those who died or suffered in war or armed conflict.
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In Australia Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November to recall the end of World War I which occurred on that date in 1918. (Australian War Memorial, 2017) The event is observed throughout most of the Commonwealth with a number of similar observances also occurring throughout Europe. Although not a national public holiday Remembrance Day commemorations continue to be observed during working or school hours. The Red Poppy is often worn during observances as a sign of hope and renewal as it was the first flower to grow amid the deadly battlefields of Norther France and Belgium after the war. It is said that the vivid red of the poppy was borne from the blood that had flowed so freely during the heavy battles. The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem 'In Flanders Fields'. (Australian Army, 2017)
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