11 November significance
Originally known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November and marks the signing of the peace agreement between Germany and the Allies that ended the Great War of 1914-1918.
The Second World War began just 21 years later. Almost a million Australians served during that conflict lasted close to six years. Armistice Day was then renamed Remembrance Day.
Now Remembrance Day is a day to remember and honour all Australians who have served.
Acknowledgement of country
The Remembrance Day service at Martin Place took place on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We paid respect to their elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledged all the Aboriginal men and women who have served in Australia’s Defence forces.
How to mark Remembrance Day
The First World War Armistice came into effect at 11am. To commemorate the occasion, we stop at 11am for one minute of silence to remember those who served during the First World War and those who have died in conflicts since.
Although Remembrance Day events are different this year, Australians are encouraged to pause in their homes, schools or workplaces and remember.
Watch the service
Watch the Remembrance Day service, which was held on 11 November 2020.
The live stream started at 10:30am, and the service commenced at 10:45am.
At 11am, one minute of silence was observed in memory of those who served.
The service was 35 minutes.
Download the Order of Service (PDF, 176.33 KB)
COVID Safe Remembrance Days across NSW
An exemption to the Public Health Order allowed 100 people to gather for official Remembrance Day services, provided they adhered to social distancing measures and the service had a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.