Thousands are expected to gather in Melton to commemorate the dead and celebrate the living for Remembrance Day this weekend.

Saturday, November 11, marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Ben Arthur, Kevin Murray and Ian Lawrey will be among those observing a minute’s silence at 11am to remember of those who died or suffered in wars and armed conflicts.

More than half a million poppies are expected to be sold in Victoria in the annual Poppy Appeal with a group of Melton Returned and Services League volunteers selling them to raise funds to help current and former service men and women.

Mr Lawrey, Melton sub-branch president, is appreciative of the commitment shown by members and volunteers who make the appeal a success.

“Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day,” he said. “I would like to thank the local community who support our sub-branch and wear their poppy in November.”

Residents are invited to gather at the cenotaph in Melton from 10.30am on Saturday to observe a minute of silence at 11am.

There will be light refreshments to follow at the Melton Country Club.