80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal is a special commemorative medal struck for all surviving Australian World War I veterans who commemorated the 80th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War. The Queen approved the Medal design and regulations on 7 January 1999 and it became the first commemorative medal in the Australian system of honours and awards.
The 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal was manufactured in record time which enabled all survivng veterans to be personally presented with their medals prior to Anzac Day 1999. In all, only 70 medals were presented to veterans.
The medal’s design features on the obverse the statue of the ‘Bullecourt Digger’ and the reverse depicts the apt words ‘Lest We Forget’ surrounded by a spray of wattle. The ribbon colours of red and black mirrors those of the poppy flower worn as a mark of respect by so many Australians each year on Remembrance Day.