Tomorrow, on the 104th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, Australians will pause to honour the more than 103,000 Australians who have lost their lives, and all those who have served our country in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said Remembrance Day is when we honour those Australians who have served, suffered or made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country, and we acknowledge the sacrifice of their families.
“At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, and so tomorrow we will unite in a minute of solemn reflection to pay tribute to all those who have served our nation,” Minister Keogh said.
“I invite Australians to wear a red poppy tomorrow in remembrance. The poppy, a traditional symbol of remembrance, sprang up across the ravaged battlefields of France and Flanders in the First World War.”
Minister Keogh also reflected on a number of significant anniversaries Australians have commemorated this year.
“This year marked 80 years since the Battle for Australia in the Second World War, when pivotal campaigns were fought in the defence of our country and our region,” Minister Keogh said.
“Victories in the defence of Australia came at a great cost and were won by the courage and sacrifice of those who served, and their families.
“This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the end of National Service and 75 years of Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations. We are proud of our Nashos and peacekeepers, and of all those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
“It’s up to all of us to pay tribute to the achievements of our veterans, and ensure that the many who have suffered or lost their lives in service to our nation will never be forgotten.”
“Lest we forget.”
The Remembrance Day National Ceremony will be held tomorrow at the Australian War Memorial from 10:45am, and will be broadcast on ABC radio, television and online.