The Australians will take a break on Sunday – at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – to commemorate the silence of the cannons that fell silent 100 years ago to end the First World War.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten will meet in front of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra Sunday morning.

The musicians John Schumann and Lee Kernaghan are expected at the national ceremony.

Veteran Minister Darren Chester will also be attending a service in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

The deaths of nearly 62,000 Australians in World War I cast a dark shadow over decades. They were husbands and fathers, brothers and sons, who fell a world away on the battlefields. For the tens of thousands who survived to return home, many of the horrors they witnessed and smashed were scars and broken.

The Australian troops played an important role during the war in curbing the German offensive on the French township on the Western Front.

"Remembrance Day is a time for us as a nation united in a minute of solemn respect and admiration for those who served and died in wars, conflicts and peace operations," Chester said.

A beam of light was projected from the eve of the truce to dawn from the Australian War Memorial to the Parliament House.

The color changed from white to pink to red and the bar symbolized the connection between the difficult decisions of the politicians and the terrible consequences of the war.

The names of the Australian war dead were projected from sunset to sunrise on the war memorial.

Later on Sunday, an evening vigil will take place at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, which has been going on for 25 years since he was buried in Canberra.

In Victoria, the prime minister and the opposition leader are expected to suspend their election campaign.



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