Remembrance Day 2023

Remembrance Day marks the end of fighting on the Western Front on November 11, 1918.

At the time, the anniversary was known as Armistice Day, in reference to the formal agreement the German leaders signed to end the war.

The name was changed to Remembrance Day after World War II ended in 1945.

It has since become a day to remember the service and sacrifice of those who have died since World War I.

On Remembrance Day, commemorative services are held across Australia at schools, offices, local community centres and war memorials.

The national ceremony is hosted by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Flags are lowered to half-mast about 10:30am ahead of services and raised after the minute of silence.

The red poppy is the traditional emblem of Remembrance Day. A single flower can be worn or laid at a memorial in tribute.

Every year, one minute of silence is held at 11am (local time) on November 11.

This is the time to remember a relative, friend or ancestor, or reflect on the sacrifice of those who have served and died in war.

Attendees at public services are asked to stand for a reading of The Ode, which is from the poem For the Fallen by Laurance Binyon.

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Listeners respond with: “Lest we forget”.

The Last Post, traditionally performed on a bugle, is played before the minute of silence.

Afterwards, The Rouse is played and flags are slowly raised to the masthead.

The red poppy has been a symbol of remembrance and hope since World War I.

In the barren, muddy battlefields of Western Europe, the bright red flowers grew in their thousands.

The sight of the resilient poppies inspired Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders Fields, which gave its name to the now iconic Flanders poppy.

That poem, in turn, inspired American professor Moina Michael to wear a red poppy and raise money for veterans.

The practice soon spread in allied countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Australia and remains today.

All pictures were taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra when our staff attended The Australian Defence Magazine Women in Defence Awards Dinner.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia Attend the 2023 Australian Defence Magazine Women in Defence Awards Dinner

The Australian Defence Magazine Women in Defence Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday, 25 October 2023 at the National Arboretum Canberra, and attended by approximately 400 guests from around Australia.

GDLS-A staff members – Jennifer Commegno, Trish Forrest, Dana Smith, Lynette Maczuga and Ting Wei – were in attendance at the event


The Women in Defence Awards celebrate talented, determined, successful women who make a positive impact in the defence business arena, as members of Defence Industry, Australian Public Service (APS) or in uniform. 

The categories covered: Communications, Engineering, Executive Management, Indigenous, Legal / Contracting, Operations, People & Culture, Project Management, Technical Trade, Research and Development, Rising Star Award (under the age of 30), and the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

Front row Dana Smith and Trish Forrest
Back row Ting Wei, Lynette Maczuga and Jennifer Commegno

The Banquet Room

View from the banquet room

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia on show at Land Forces 2018

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia will showcase the strength of its broad portfolio of Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) products and services at this year’s Land Forces Show at the Adelaide Convention Centre (Stand 1R21, Hall 1), South Australia from 4-6 September 2018.

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