Carpet of red honours the fallen
Australians across the nation will tomorrow pause to mark 100 years since the guns of World War I fell silent, with a display of 62,000 knitted poppies at the Australian War Memorial the centrepiece of commemorations.
Each poppy represents an Australian soldier killed in the war.
Also at a ceremony tomorrow, the names of fallen soldiers from the Roll of Honour will be displayed on a facade at the memorial’s grounds, accompanied by a performance by musician-inresidence Chris Latham.
The centenary will also be marked at Parliament House, with 270,00 poppies spilling out across the forecourt, all knitted by volunteers from Australia and overseas. The display will remain in place until next Sunday.
In Sydney, tenor Hubert Frances — the great-grandson of Sir Herbert Ramsay, who in 1895 was the first to sing Waltzing Matilda — will sing the song at noon.
Queensland’s largest Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, Brisbane.
West Australian RSL “poppy ladies” and community volunteers have worked for 18 months to knit 62,000 poppies to transform the State War Memorial in Perth into a sea of red.
After a service beginning at 10.15am, there will be one minute of silence at 11am at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Victorian Governor Linda Dessau will lay a wreath on behalf of all Victorians.
At Hobart Cenotaph, Tasmanians will come together for a service starting just after 10am.
Afterwards, a concert at the Federation Concert Hall will feature the Tasmanian division of the Australian Army band and other local groups.
RSLs and churches will also hold local services, including marches, before observing the minute of silence for fallen troops at 11am.
In Coolamon, NSW, the community came together to make more than 1000 ceramic poppies as part of the commemoration effort.