11th Hour on the 11th Day of the 11th Month
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning;
We will remember them.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).
Each year we observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
It is important to The Two Girls to remember and honour the past.
Ever night at 6pm in RSLs across Australia you will hear these words. One of the Two Girls is moved to tears at this ritual. The lights are dimmed and guests of the RSL are asked to stand and listen to the very moving extract from For the Fallen
and pay their respect with one minute of silence. This is a chance to reflect on the past and remember there are people out there right now fighting war.
Since that day in 1918, Australia has been involved in too many wars:
- First World War, 1914-18
- Second World War, 1939-45
- Occupation of Japan, 1946-51
- Korean War, 1950-53
- Malayan Emergency, 1950-60
- Indonesian Confrontation, 1963-66
- Vietnam War, 1962-75
- Iraq: the First Gulf War, 1990-91
- Afghanistan, 2001–present
- Iraq: the Second Gulf War, 2003–09
Remembrance Day is also an opportunity to recognise that there are 2,380 Australian Defence Force personnel still based in Afghanistan or deployed across the greater Middle East and that we are still at war. So for The Two Girls, it is also a day to remember that we still have not got it right, that we still do not have peace in the world.