Remembrance Day message

10 November 2021

At 11am on 11 November 1918, an Armistice was signed that brought an end to the First World War and one of the most devastating conflicts the world had seen.

On Gallipoli, in Palestine and on the Western Front, Australia suffered 215,000 casualties which included 60,000 dead.

Many others died from sickness and injuries.

Our young nation felt these losses for decades afterwards.

11 November is now a day where all Australians observe one minute's silence to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

This year we remember in particular the men and women who fought in our nation’s longest war – Afghanistan.

More than 21,000 members of the Australian Army served there, helping the people of Afghanistan as they worked towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous future.

41 Australians died, 250 were wounded, and many others bear enduring physical and mental wounds from their service.

All those who serve contribute to the proud legacy of our Army that stretches from federation to the present day.

We remember and respect those who made the supreme sacrifice, those who serve, and the families and communities who support them.

On this day, we remember them.

Lest We Forget.