Today, silence fell across each state and territory for one minute as Australia commemorated those who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Remembrance Day has evolved since it was first marked by allied countries after World War I, in which more than 60,000 Australians lost their lives.

November 11 is now observed around the world as a day to remember the sacrifice that countless people have made in service to their country.

What is Remembrance Day?

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.