Today is an extremely important day for all Australians as they celebrate Remembrance Day to honour the memory of those who have died or suffered in wars and armed conflicts.
According to ABC, today, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who are currently on their national tour of Australia, attended the ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The royal couple planted pin oak trees and placed poppies on the Roll of Honour.
The national ceremony included a formal wreath-laying, and students from each state and territory were present, representing the youth of Australia.
This year’s event focused on the sacrifice of Indigenous soldiers, with Indigenous author and historian Jackie Huggins giving the commemorative address ? the first Indigenous person in history to give an address at the ceremony.
Sky News?states that the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are among the dignitaries who attended. After the service Charles and Camilla laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and place a poppy on the roll of honour before signing the visitors’ book.
For all those of you who do not know about Remembrance Day, here?s what you need to know:
Why is it celebrated?
November 11 marks Remembrance Day, a memorial day for the end of the First World War and those who died in battle.
Why a red poppy?
Canadian Colonel John McCrae first described the Red Poppy, the Flanders? poppy, as the flower of remembrance.
What is the significance for Australians?
The Red Poppy has special significance for Australians. Worn on Remembrance Day each year, the red poppies were among the first to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium in the First World War. In soldiers? folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.