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2-30/33 Thursday 11 October 2001

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School students are being encouraged to investigate the wartime stories of relatives and people in their community, with the help of the Remembrance Day Education Resource kit produced by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, said today.

Visiting Salisbury State School in Brisbane, Mr Scott officially launched the kit, which has been sent to more than 7900 primary schools across Australia. Secondary schools also will receive kits.

“Remembrance Day is an opportunity to remember those who died while serving Australia and honour those who lived to return to our shores,” he said.

“This kit encourages young people to learn more about those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the way of life we hold so dear.

“The kit includes a storybook, We Remember, written by Stacey Hattenson, and designed as a teachers’ aid for class projects on wartime heritage.

“We Remember tells the story of a young boy who learns more about Australia’s military history through conversations with his grandmother and other family members.

“The kit also incudes Remembrance Day posters and guidelines for teachers on how to hold a Remembrance Day ceremony at school.”

Mr Scott said young Australians are showing an increasing interest in learning about their wartime heritage and it is fitting to pay tribute to that heritage in Australia’s Centenary of Federation year.

“During the past century, Australians have seen service in the Boer War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam War and Gulf War as well as playing an active role in peacekeeping efforts around the world.

“Remembrance Day is a significant day for all Australians and the contribution of those who have served Australia will never be forgotten.”

Mr Scott said he hoped the 2001 schools kit would encourage young people to participate in Remembrance Day activities and reinforce the importance of remembering the sacrifice and contribution of Australian servicemen and women.

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