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Friday, 9 November 2012 VA096

WEAR A POPPY THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY AND SUPPORT THE RSL

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today urged Australians to support the Returned and Services League’s (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal and to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November.

The Poppy Appeal raises funds to assist current and former serving personnel and their families in times of crisis, illness or distress.

“On the eve of Remembrance Day 2012, ninety-four years after the guns fell silent on The Western Front, it is important that we remember the more than 60,000 Australians who died in World War I, those who have died since and those who continue risk their lives in the service of our nation,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Red poppies have long been a symbol of Remembrance Day. The red Flanders Poppy was among the first plants to grow on the vast battlefields of the First World War.

“We are grateful that the RSL has helped thousands of Defence families by providing essential support services, advocacy and medical assistance and counselling. We recognise the ongoing need for funds to continue their excellent work across the country.

“I’m sure everyone has seen poppy sellers in shopping centres and on the street in the last few days, many of these sellers are veterans or current serving members. Buying and wearing a poppy is a symbol of pride in our servicemen and women and those who came before them,” Mr Snowdon said.

For more information on the Poppy Appeal and the RSL, or to volunteer or donate, contact your state RSL.

Australian Capital Territory New South Wales

Tel: (02) 6260 6344 Tel: (02) 9264 8188

Web: www.actrsl.org.au/ Web: www.rslnsw.org.au/

Queensland South Australia

Tel: (07) 3634 9444 Tel: (08) 8232 0322

Web: www.rslqld.org/ Web: www.rslsa.org.au/

Tasmania Victoria

Tel: (03) 6224 0881 Tel: (03) 9655 5555

Web: www.rsltas.org.au/ Web: www.rslvic.com.au/

Western Australia Tel: (08) 9287 3799

Web: www.rslwahq.org.au/

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820 / 0417 917 796 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203