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Take the time to remember on Remembrance Day.

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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon

7 November 2008


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, is urging Western Victorians to take the opportunity on Remembrance Day, next Tuesday 11 November, to remind themselves of the sacrifices made by our service 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 ensure that proper reverence is given to this significant day,” Mr Hawker said.

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

Mr Hawker said this year’s commemoration is especially significant as it is the 90th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought an end to four years of unrelenting warfare in World War I.

“Over 400,000 Australians 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,” Mr Hawker said.

“On 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.

“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

“I urge everyone to take the time to learn more about the men and women who served Australia. Remembrance day is a time to honour their memory and encourage generations to know their story and acknowledge their sacrifice,” Mr Hawker said.

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