Dictionary Of Sydney: Remembrance Day
This Remembrance Day marked 100 years since the end of World War I. But it wasn’t always known as Remembrance Day. Up until the end of World War II, November 11 was known as ‘Armistice Day’ to mark the day that the armistice was signed.
Dr Nicole Cama from Dictionary of Sydney came in to chat to Tess about the week long celebrations that overtook the city back in 1918. Apparently Sydneysiders got too ahead of themselves and began celebrating in the streets on November 8, and, when the guns fell silent at 11am on November 11 and the official armistice was signed, further celebrations packed the city to unprecedented capacity, with church bells ringing and trains and ships sounding their horns.