Remembrance Day 2014
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is encouraging everyone to participate in Remembrance Day 2014, Tuesday 11 November, in any way they can.
Mr Wilson said the community could pause for one minute’s silence at 11am, wear a red poppy or attend their local Remembrance Day service to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation.
“Most Australians have a personal story about a family member or friend who has served in the Australian Defence Force. Whether it is a mother who bid farewell to her son bound for Afghanistan or the children who hear tales of their great-grandfather’s service during the World Wars, all of us have been touched by those who have served their nation.
“This Remembrance Day we remember all of the Australians who gave so much for their country,” Mr Wilson said.
This Remembrance Day is the first of the Anzac Centenary period (2014-18), a time where we will mark the Centenary of the Great War. An Anzac Centenary Program has been developed and aims to encourage all Australians to reflect upon and learn more about Australia’s wartime history.
Further information about the Anzac Centenary Program, including planned international and domestic events is available at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/.
Each year, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs produces a Remembrance Day commemorative poster that you can freely download and display. This year the poster focuses on the departure of the first convoy from Albany, carrying Australian and New Zealand soldiers to the war in 1914.
“I encourage everyone to join together this Remembrance Day, pause for a moment’s silence at 11am and wear a red poppy to support the RSL’s Poppy Day Appeal.
“It is here in local communities that the legacy is carried on, ensuring we never forget those who have served, particularly the more than 102,000 Australians who have lost their lives wearing our country’s uniform.”
For more information on Remembrance Day, to access the service resources or to download the commemorative poster visit www.dva.gov.au/remembranceday.htm.