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11 November - Poppy Day "Remembrance Day in Australia

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:10 pm

Today in Australian History - 11 November
** watch and hear the Last Post with orginal footage of our World War I diggers.

Poppy Day
In Australia, Remembrance Day
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(also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is always observed on 11 November, regardless of the day of the week.

This day is not a public holiday but it is a time when people can pay their respects to the substantial number of soldiers who died in battle.

The Red Poppy has special significance for Australians.

Worn on Remembrance Day, 11th day in November each year, the red poppies were among the first to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium in the First World War.

Why the Poppy
In soldiers’ folklore,
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the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.

Services are held at 11 a.m. at war memorials and schools in suburbs and cities across the country, at which the "Last Post" is sounded by a bugler and a one-minute silence is observed.

Through a programme named Read 2 Remember, children read the Pledge of Remembrance by Rupert McCall

The teachers deliver specially developed resources to help children understand the significance of the day and the resilience of those who have fought for their country and call on children to also be resilient when facing difficult times.

In recent decades, Remembrance Day has been largely eclipsed as the national day of war commemoration by ANZAC Day (25 April), which is a public holiday in all Australian states.

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