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Published date: Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918). At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. This year, we acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War Armistice.
A special Remembrance Day Service will be held this Sunday, 11 November 2018, at the Anzac Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and the completion of NSW's Anzac Centenary Project.
The Centenary Extension, the centrepiece of the State's Centenary of Anzac Commemorations, was officially opened last month by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex, 84 years after the original Memorial was opened by his great-granduncle the Duke of Gloucester in 1934.
Sunday's Remembrance Day Service will be followed by an open day which will include the laying of giant poppies in the new water cascade, educational tours and workshops. There will also be live performances and food stalls. All are welcome to attend. More information about the Remembrance Day service is available on the Anzac Memorial website, at www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au/event/remembrance-day-anzac-memorial.
As the State's principal Memorial, the Centenary Extension enhances the Memorial's founding role to support and provide services for veterans and their families who have suffered loss while ensuring a public and a private place of contemplation, remembrance, education and reflection.
This remarkable milestone realises architect Bruce Dellit's original concept for the Memorial, one of Australia's finest and most distinctive Art Deco structures, which has quietly graced Sydney's Hyde Park for over eight decades with great dignity and simplicity.
Dellit had originally envisioned two water features running on a north-south axis to the Memorial, but due to the impact of the Great Depression, only the Pool of Reflection north of the Memorial was ever built. Now a contemporary interpretation of the water cascade on the southern side of the Memorial, a symbol of hope for future generations, completes the original 1930s concept design. A walkway through the Cascade allows Memorial visitors to enter the new Hall of Service, exhibition galleries and education facilities, providing a contemporary understanding of the history and impact of conflict.
The Hall of Service, featuring a stunning artwork by Fiona Hall, pays tribute to those across NSW who served in the Great War with 1,701 locations acknowledged. The ongoing service and sacrifice of our servicemen and servicewomen over more than a century is also commemorated with 100 sites of significance to NSW military history recorded.
To find out how you can commemorate Remembrance Day in your local area please visit the NSW Centenary of Anzac website at www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/.
Above: A special Remembrance Day service and open day will be held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 November.