AT THE passing of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we stop for a minute of silence to remember those who have lost their lives in armed conflict.
At 11am Paris time, on November 11, 1918 the guns fell silent over the battlefields of the Western Front after the Armistice of Compiègne had been signed between 5.12am and 5.20am that same morning.
After more than four years, and tens of millions of military and civilian people on both sides either dead or wounded, the fighting was coming to an end.
First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.
In Australia we have many memorial services for Remembrance Day.
In schools, shopping malls and several other types of public places people are called upon to stop what they are doing to observe a minute of silence.
The day is also observed outside the Commonwealth of Nations, and a number of them have declared it a national holiday, such as France and Belgium.
In the USA they changed Remembrance Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to honour all their veterans. They too observe November 11 as a national holiday.
There were other armistices signed as First World War was ending. The Armistice of Villa Giusti, for instance, ended the fighting between Italy and Austria-Hungary on November 4,1918.
Nowadays the Italians have been remembering their fallen on the first Sunday of November.
In Poland, November 11 is Independence Day, because it's the date in 1918 that Jzef Pisudski assumed control as their new Head of State while Poland was regaining its sovereignty.
The minute of silence we observe at 11am is to remember all of those who have suffered or we have lost, in all wars and armed conflicts before, during and after First World War.
There will be many local services held around the country, particularly in the nation's capital, Canberra.
Remembrance Day is more than a memorial.
It is also a celebration of our beautiful and distinguished nation, which is sustained by the men and women who bravely serve this country.
RSL sub branches will be holding remembrance ceremonies on the day.
Event at Memorial Park
A new event has been created by Dapto-Port Kembla RSL in partnership with Lakeside Memorial Park in Wollongong.
A Salvation Army band and army cadets' veterans from Dapto-Port Kembla RSL sub-branch are meeting from 10.30am-11.30am at Lakeside Memorial Park.
All are invited to honour and remember those who have fought for freedom.
Ladies of The Red Cross will host a morning tea prior to a wreath laying ceremony.
"We are humbled to have the opportunity to pay respect to our soldiers and further their legacy," Lakeside Memorial Park family services manager, Shirley Wilson said.
"It's an important occasion to ensure their memory and gratitude for their service lives on, in this generation and the next."
Lakeside Memorial Park is located at 230 Kanahooka Rd, Kanahooka.