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Time to remember on Remembrance Day.

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ROWAN RAMSEY MP Member for Grey

Time to Remember on Remembrance Day

Local member for Rowan Ramsey said Remembrance Day on November 11 is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the sacrifices made by our services men and women in World Wars I and II and in other theatres of war.

“The Remembrance Day traditions of a minute’s silence and wearing a red poppy ensures that proper reverence is given to this significant day,” he said.

“We pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom and peace.”

Mr Ramsey said this year’s commemoration is especially significant as it is the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought to an end four years of unrelenting warfare in World War I. More than 400,000 Australian men enlisted for service overseas in World War I. 330,000 saw active service, 60,000 were killed, 82,000 were wounded in battle and a further 88,000 returned ill or injured.

“At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the world pauses to spend a moment in silent contemplation and remembrance of the sacrifices made for our freedom,” Mr Ramsey said.

“In that moment of silence we are truly, as one world, saying thank you and praying for peace”

More information about commemoration ceremonies, the history behind Remembrance Day, War Diaries and other memorabilia, can be found on the Australian War Memorial website

Mr Ramsey said that all Australians should learn about and participate in Remembrance Day commemorations, to truly gain an insight into what their sacrifice meant, not just to Australia, but to nations across the world.

“We honour their memory and encourage generations to know their story and acknowledge their sacrifice” Mr Ramsey said.

Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith (08) 86331744 November 7, 2008