Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has encouraged everyone in Wide Bay to honour Remembrance Day today (Saturday, November 11). by wearing a red poppy and observing a minute's silence at 11am.
"Today, we pause to remember every Australian who has made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation, including more than 102,000 Australians who have died serving our country," Mr O'Brien said.
"This year's Remembrance Day marks the 99th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918 – and it also marks a century since 1917, the most devastating year in our country's military history, in which more than 76,800 Australians were killed or wounded.
"Thousands upon thousands died in the mud of the Western Front, at Fromelles, Poziers, Mouquet Farm, and the lengthy campaign at Passchendaele, giving their lives for our freedom today.
"We remember those fallen today, and every Remembrance Day, as we pause to reflect and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who have served their country in the century since.
"It is through their courage that Australia enjoys security, peace and freedom today. I encourage every person in Wide Bay to keep their memory alive, to continue to observe Remembrance Day, and educate the next generation about their service so that these sacrifices are never forgotten."