Centenary of Armistice
This year we acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, which was a celebration at the time. We must also acknowledge its evolution into what we now know as Remembrance Day.
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.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. It became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. More than 330,000 Australians served overseas during the Great War. More than 60,000 of them had died.
Australians across the country are encouraged to mark the Centenary of the Armistice and observe one minute’s silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in the First World War and all wars and armed conflicts conflicts since.
Historically the NSW Premier has hosted the State's Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. However to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War and the completion of the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, the 2018 Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park. Visit the Centenary of Anzac What's On guide for more information.
Locally led commemorative events and activities are key to sustaining remembrance. If you are organising an activity for your community please share the information and submit an activity to be listed on the NSW Centenary of Anzac What's On guide
The Centenary of the First World War Armistice logo
The logo serves as an identifying symbol for this incredibly important event that signifies the end of the Centenary of Anzac 2014-18 mperiod of commemoration. The logo was developed by Australia's Centenary of Armistice Communications Working Group (CWG) as a unified visual symbol for the nation to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice. It features a red poppy and the words Armistice 1918–2018. The red poppy is synonymous with Remembrance Day.
The main text for the logo, Armistice 1918–2018, acknowledges the centenary of the Armistice that ended the ‘War to End All Wars’. While we know today that this is not the case, the Armistice represented the peace that had been fought for since 1914.
The CWG and its members encourage the community to use the branding for any non-commercial or non-profit purposes that acknowledge and commemorate Remembrance Day and the Centenary of the First World War Armistice.
If you have questions about using the logo please contact the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs
Individuals and/or commercial organisations seeking to use the Centenary of the First World War Armistice branding will be required to use the national branding of Australia Remembers through a co-branding arrangement with the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Please send an outline of the proposed use of the branding to email@example.com along with any supporting information.
Image: Peace day, Martin Place, 8 November 1918 - photographed by Arthur Ernest Foster. Courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales