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Remembrance Day Marked Across The Country

Thousands have gathered across the country -- and around the world -- to commemorate silence falling over the battlefields of World War One. 

On this day 100 years ago, the guns ceased fire, with an Armistice agreement bringing to an end four years of continuous battle.

Ceremonies around the country, including at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, marked Remembrance Day with one minute's silence.

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The guard of honour arrives during Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra. Image: AAP

Originally called Armistice Day to mark the end of the Great War, it was changed after World War Two to commemorate those who died in both wars.

In Canberra, Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to those servicemen and women who "feared greatly but acted nevertheless".

Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered in Sydney for a service at the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park in Sydney, while Victorians paid their respects at the Shine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

Politicians nationwide also attended ceremonies in their own cities, marking a centenary since the end of WWI.

Premier Annastacia Palszczuk attended a service with Queenslanders at the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane, with many more watching screens in King George Square.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is in France, representing Australia at a service at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

He also visited troops in the Middle East ahead of Remembrance Day.

"We are as a nation enormously proud of you, instinctively proud of you. We don't hear enough of you, but that's because you do your jobs so well," Sir Peter told them.

For retired Major Benjamin, who attended a service in Melbourne, the armistice of WWI is just as important as it was 100 years ago.

The retired British Royal Engineers major came to honour those he served with and those still in theatres of war.

"It is important to remember friends and colleagues, the guys that I trained ... who never came back, and those who are still had some life-changing injuries that are battling with it now on a daily basis," he said.

"It is important that everyone understands the impact it has."

The History of Remembrance Day

The end of the First World War is globally recognised as having occurred when guns ceased fire on November 11th 1918.

Australian commemorative services recognise this through the tradition of holding a one minute's silence at 11am every year on Remembrance Day, which was officially proclaimed in 1997 by then Governor-General Sir William Deane.

It followed decades of services across the country, beginning in 1919 where a two minute silence was observed, on what was then known as Armistice Day -- although this was formally changed to Remembrance Day following the end of World War Two.

In 1993 on the 75th anniversary of the armistice, the remains of an unknown Australian WW1 soldier were exhumed from a military cemetery in France and were ceremoniously entombed in the Memorial's Hall of Memory.

The tomb of the unknown soldier remains one of the most visited parts of the Australian War Memorial today.

With AAP.