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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 8 November 2013
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HONOUR OUR FALLEN THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged all Australians to take a moment on Remembrance Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have bravely served our nation in war, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

“At 11am, on the 11th of November 1918, the Western Front fell silent. The Armistice that would end four years of fighting had come into effect and the First World War was finally over.

“This moment will forever live in our history. Each year we gather as a nation and pause to remember those who served in the ‘war to end all wars’ and in every conflict since. We especially honour the more than 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Senator Ronaldson said.

All Australians are encouraged to pay tribute to these brave men and women who have served our nation by wearing a red poppy on Remembrance Day.

Poppies are available for purchase around the country as part of the RSL Poppy Appeal. Buying a poppy will contribute to the fundraising work of the RSL, with the money raised used to assist both current and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

“It is important that in the lead up to the centenary of the First World War, we do not forget those who have served, suffered and died in conflicts in countries far from home including Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This year, we pay special thanks to those who served in the Korean War. Sixty years have passed since the United Nations (UN) multinational force and North Korean leaderships signed a ceasefire. Sadly, that ceasefire has not yet resulted in an official end to that conflict,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Some 18,000 Australians served in Korea, with 340 of them losing their lives. These men and women have been honoured in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) Remembrance Day 2013 commemorative poster.

The theme of the commemorative poster also extends to the latest DVA Wartime Snapshot which features learning activities for secondary school students. Both resources, along with details of ceremonies planned in Australia and overseas, and historical information about Remembrance Day is available at http://www.dva.gov.au/commemorations-memorials-and-war-graves/anniversaries-and-commemorative-events/origin-remembrance.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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