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Pause on Remembrance Day to honour the fallen.

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Pause on Remembrance Day to Honour the Fallen Thursday, 2 November 2006

Member for Tangney, Dr Dennis Jensen, today urged the community to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war, by pausing for one minute’s silence at 11am on Remembrance Day, 11 November.

“In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns on the Western Front fell silent, ending four years of death and destruction that was World War I - a war in which more than 330,000 Australians served,” Dr Jensen explained. “Few Australian families were left untouched by the events of World War I - 'the war to end all wars' most had lost a father, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend,” he said.

“Originally called Armistice Day, 11 November was set aside to pay tribute to all those who died in World War I, including more than 60,000 Australians.

Following the end of World War II, it was renamed Remembrance Day, and has become a day to honour all those who have died or otherwise suffered in Australia’s cause in wars and war-like conflicts.

“In memory of all the men and women who have served our country and died in wars, conflicts and peace operations, I urge each of us to honour them and continue the tradition of Remembrance Day, by wearing a red Flanders poppy and pausing for one minute’s silence at 11am,” Dr Dennis Jensen said.

“Among the first plants to grow after the devastation on the battle fields in Northern France and Belgium, the Flanders poppy first became popular in Australia in 1921 to symbolise the end of World War I and the rebuilding of life. It continues to be a poignant symbol of hope and the purchase of poppies supports the RSL’s voluntary work.”

More than 1.5 million Australians have served in wars and conflicts - the Boer War, the two World Wars, Korea, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam, and current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq; as well as peace operations

and humanitarian missions since 1947 in places such as Rwanda, the Balkans, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Our minute’s silence cannot repay the fallen for their sacrifice. Nor can it return them to their loved ones. But it helps to remind us why they fell and what a debt we owe

them for their service and enables us to honour our remaining veterans.

The Australian Government supports the observance of Remembrance Day and is committed to raising awareness of our wartime history, through its commemorations program, Saluting Their Service.

For more information on Remembrance Day and other commemorations visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website, Poppies can be purchased through local RSL Sub-branches.

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