At 11am on November 11, 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years 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 in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.
Remembrance Day services to be held on Monday:
A service will be held at Wollongong War Memorial at MacCabe Park on Church Street at 11am.
An Austinmer-Thirroul RSL sub-branch service will start at 10.30am at Thirroul War Memorial at Woodward Park.
A service will be held at 11am at Coledale RSL Club on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. The club will be open from 10am.
A service will be held at Lakeside Memorial Park, 230 Kanahooka Road, Dapto at 10.30am to 11.30am.
A service will start at 10.30am at the Woonona Bulli RSL Memorial Club, 455 Princes Highway, Woonona.
Warilla RSL Sub-Branch will hold a service at The War Memorial in Caroline Chisholm Park, Shellharbour Village at 10.30am