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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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Tuesday, 1 July 2014
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REMEMBER OUR RESERVES

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has encouraged all Australians to recognise the important contribution of Reservists who have served in past and contemporary conflicts and peacekeeping operations during this years Reserve Forces Day.

“While many Australians recognise the vital role Reservists play in rebuilding the lives of communities in times of emergency, it is also important to remember that part-time forces have served alongside their regular comrades throughout Australia’s military history.”

“This year marks 100 years since the commencement of the First World War, it is a significant time to reflect and remember the dedication and bravery of the Reserve Forces, from the Navy, Army and Air Force,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Some 1.25 million Australians have served as Reservists or as part-time sailors, soldiers and airmen. These volunteers have served in many military engagements in which Australians have been involved.  Many who served in the Boer War and World Wars were citizen, or part-time soldiers, before enlisting for full-time service.  In more recent times reservists have volunteered to participate in operations in places like Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands alongside their regular Defence Force colleagues.

 “I encourage all Australians to take the time to acknowledge and thank the men and women who have served as reservists in past conflicts and those who continue to serve today. Their dedication, determination and courage has done Australia proud.”

This year’s Reserve Forces Day Parade marks the Centenary of the beginning of the First World War with a parade from Government House Drive to the Shrine of Remembrance, where a formal Parade and Commemorative Service will be held.

There are parades and ceremonies taking place in cities and towns across Australia to raise awareness and commemorate former and serving Reservists. Events are being held on the first weekend of July in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, and Hobart.

“I would also like to commend the ongoing dedication and efforts of the Council in acknowledging the important contribution of our Reserve forces through events like these,” Senator Ronaldson said.

For more information on upcoming Reserve Forces Day commemorations and activities visit the Reserves Forces Day Council website www.rfd.org.au

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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