Truss urges to observe tradition
FEDERAL Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss is encouraging residents to observe the traditional one minute’s silence 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.
“This year Remembrance Day takes on a special significance as it marks the 60th Anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War, in which more than 17,000 Australian men and women served.
“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,” Mr Truss said.
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 including Rwanda, the Balkans, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
Residents are urged to wear a red Flanders poppy and pause for one minute’s silence at 11am.
For more information on Remembrance Day and other commemorations visit the Department of Veterans at www.dva.gov.au.