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On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. 

In Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States, 11 November became known as Armistice Day – a day to remember those who died in World War One. The day continues to be commemorated in allied countries. 

After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today, the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.

11 November is universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the First World War. This conflict had mobilised over 70 million people and left between nine and 13 million dead and as many as one-third of these with no grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.

In November, the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the Allied terms of unconditional surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years and became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.


Saturday 11 November 2023

Remembrance Day Service

  • Time: 1100hrs to 1200hrs (Flyover 1100hrs Sharp)
  • Location: Civic Park, King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
  • Toilets: Newcastle City Hall, Civic Park
  • Parking: On-Street, Hunter Parking Station, King St Parking Station
  • Accessibility:
    • Accessible Parking
      • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in Queen St Car Park behind Newcastle Library.
      • Paths of travel to the event are along the Darby St and King St footpaths. The distance is approximately 180 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care, as there are some uneven surfaces.
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Accessible toilets are located in Civic Park and Newcastle City Hall
  • Public Transport:

Remembrance Day Program

Download the Remembrance Day 2023 Program below.