The Importance Of Remembrance 100 Years On From Armistice

Like most young Australians, your earliest memories of Remembrance Day date probably date back to the early 1990s, at school assemblies in the November heat.

One minute of silence can feel like a very long time.

And then as a modern history student, it's likely that your understanding of World War 1 and the sacrifice Australian diggers made grew, as did empathy and appreciation.

Yet today, if you're under 35, almost three quarters of you don't know that Remembrance Day 2018 commemorates the centenary of the end of WWI.

That's according to research conducted by Decibel Research, on behalf of history and genealogy website Ancestry.

The study also found that a quarter of young Australians don’t know the significance of the poppy symbol.

Poppies to remember the fallen. IMAGE: Getty Images

"For people in this age group, they may have great grandparents affected by the war and only have distant memories of being in the shadow of that war," Ancestry spokesperson Nigel Seeto told 10 daily.

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What You Need To Know
  • This year’s Remembrance Day will mark 100 years since the armistice was signed, bringing an end to The Great War.
  • After four years of fighting, one of the world’s most devastating conflicts was finally over.
  • 62,000 handcrafted poppies represent each Australian life lost in the First World War.
How You Can Get Involved
  • Visit the display of 62,000 handcrafted, red poppies on the Australian War Memorial's grounds. This is the visual centrepiece of commemorations.
  • There are commemorative activities planned across Australia for the Centenary of Armistice 2018.  Find events in your state or territory here .
  • Buy a poppy for your car and display it. A $1 donation from every ‘car poppy’ sale will go to Legacy Australia to help Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a loved-one during or after their service.
  • #HonourTheirSpirit is the social media hashtag for the event, take snaps and share.
  • Whether you are at work, with family or friends -- get a group together and observe one minute’s silence at 10.30am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

On Sunday you can catch a live stream of the Remembrance Day ceremony on 10 daily from 10.30am 

Featured Image: University of Adelaide Library

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