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The Hon. Danna Vale MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Media Release

Thursday, 16 October 2003 VA104

STUDENTS LEARN MORE ABOUT WARTIME HERITAGE

Australian school students have received extra assistance to learn more about our nation's wartime heritage through a new Australian Government Remembrance Day information pack.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Danna Vale, said the information pack included an outline of a traditional Remembrance Day service and information on the significance of 11 November.

"The Remembrance Day pack will assist schools in planning and conducting their own commemorative services and will also provide support for teachers in helping students to discover the importance of our wartime heritage and its significance to Australia," Mrs Vale said.

The Minister said the information packs were distributed under the Government's commemorations program, Saluting Their Service.

"Saluting Their Service aims to raise community awareness about the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women, and educate younger Australians about wartime heritage and its importance in the development of our nation," Mrs Vale said.

"Remembrance Day is an ideal opportunity for young Australians to become involved in honouring the service of our veterans and service personnel," she said.

The Minister said Remembrance Day was a day for Australia and her wartime allies to recognise the sacrifices made in wars and conflicts from World War I to the present.

"On Remembrance Day we pause to honour the more than 102,000 Australian men and women who have given their lives for Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations," Mrs Vale said.

"This Remembrance Day we will also honour those who continue to serve their country in operations around the globe, from Iraq to the Solomon Islands and East Timor.

"We must ensure the message of remembrance is passed on to future generations, so that Australians always remember the sacrifices of those who came before them," she said.

Further information about education initiatives under Saluting Their Service is available from the Department of Veterans' Affairs by telephoning 133 254.

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