Reconnecting with the past was the theme of this year's national Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on November 11.

Governor-General General (retd) David Hurley delivered the commemorative address, highlighting how the Centenary of Anzac had helped Australians to remember past sacrifices.

"One of the benefits of the past four years of commemoration of the centenary of service that we have conducted in Australia is that we have reconnected at a personal level with that first war generation," General Hurley said.

"Hopefully we have gained a clearer understanding of the price they paid for us today.

"Having that understanding, we come again like pilgrims to acknowledge and thank that generation – both those that served and the families that supported them – for the influence they have had on the development of our nation and it's character.

"That influence, that legacy, was evident in the manner in which Australia responded and committed to many other conflicts following World War I to the present day, the cost of which we also remember in this ceremony."

Remembrance Day honours the more than 70 million uniformed personnel who served during World War I. Between nine and 13 million of them were killed, with a third missing or with no known graves. Millions more were maimed physically or mentally.

The Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese concluded the ceremony by reading epitaphs from the gravestones of fallen soldiers.