Member for La Trobe, Jason Wood MP today joined with the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, in encouraging constituents to pay their respects for those who served Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts by attending Remembrance Day services next week.
Mr Wood said that every year at 11:00 am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Australians pause to remember all those who have died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
“On Remembrance Day, we especially honour the more than 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Mr Wood said.
“I urge constituents to observe a minute’s silence next Wednesday and to attend a local commemorative ceremony.”
Mr Wood said services would be held at the following locations among many others:
- Officer Remembrance Day Service – Cnr Starling Road and Princes Highway, Officer (Ceremony commences at 10:30am).
Minister Robert said it was 97 years ago that the Armistice ended the First World War—all fighting ceased at 11:00 am on 11 November 1918.
“On Remembrance Day, and especially during this Anzac Centenary commemorative period 2014–2018, we pay tribute to all those who have died or suffered serving our country over the past century,” Mr Robert said.
“This Remembrance Day, I ask you to reflect on their sacrifice.
“I also encourage members of the public to wear a red poppy. You can buy a poppy as part of the RSL Poppy Appeal. The funds raised will help the RSL assist former and current members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.”