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Media Release

The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



4 November 1998

Remembrance Day -- A Minute to Remember

Australians are urged to honour those w ho have given their lives in war by taking a minute to remember on November 11.

This year, Remembrance Day marks the 80 th anniversary of the end of World War I.

"Since the guns fell silent in 1918, Australians have stood in silence each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month," Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, said.

In 1998, Australia will be observing the one minute’s silence with just 66 surviving veterans of the 416,000 Australians who volunteered during World War I.

"Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to commemorate those who have fallen in war," Mr Scott said.

"Their courage and sacrifice is part of our heritage. By sharing this simple gesture of respect we can make sure that heritage endures."

The one minute’s silence will be observed around the country at shrines and cenotaphs, on radio and television and in schools, offices and businesses.

The national Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial will be broadcast on ABC Television and Radio.

Media Contacts: Gary Kent (Ministerial) 02 6277 7820 or 0419 854 211

Phil Diak (Departmental) 02 6289 6578 or 0411 107 261