Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, has encouraged Wide Bay residents to observe the traditional Remembrance Day one minute’s silence this Friday, to honour those who lost their lives while serving Australia in wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations.
“All Australians should take a moment to observe the traditional one minute’s silence on Remembrance Day to honour the sacrifice of more than 102,000 Australians who have died for our nation in wartime,” Mr Truss said.
“We remember those who suffered to keep our nation secure in World War 1, and the Australian men and women who have served in other conflicts and peace keeping missions.
“Remembrance Day this year marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Australian War Memorial. The Memorial is home to the Roll of Honour and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Hall of Memory.”
On Remembrance Day this year, names will be added to the Roll of Honour, recognising those Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan this year.
“At this time, we especially remember the families of the three Australian soldiers killed in action recently, including Corporal Ashley Birt from Gympie. We also remember the seven soldiers wounded in action and their families, as they struggle to comprehend the callousness of an attack from within. Their sacrifice reminds us of the ongoing danger of our mission in Afghanistan, but must not weaken our resolve to give Afghanistan the future its people deserve.
“During the minute’s silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember people of all nations who have lost their lives in wartime, and we honour those who have and continue to serve in the defence of Australia.”
More than 1.5 million Australians have served in wars and conflicts – the Boer War, both World Wars, Korea, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam, and current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq; as well as peace operations and humanitarian missions since 1947 in places such as Rwanda, the Balkans, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
The Flanders poppy first became popular in Australia in 1921 to symbolise the end of World War I and the rebuilding of life. It was among the first plants that grew after the devastation on the battle fields in Northern France and Belgium.
“I urge all Australians to continue the spirit and tradition of Remembrance Day, by wearing a red Flanders poppy and pausing for one minute’s silence at 11am.”
For more information on Remembrance Day and other commemorations visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website, www.dva.gov.au.
Warren Truss MP
Federal Member for Wide Bay
Leader of The Nationals
Remembrance Day 2011
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