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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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11 November 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged all Australians on Remembrance Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have died in defence of our nation.

11am on 11 November marks the anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 that ended the fighting in the First World War. At this time, the nation observes a minute’s silence for more than 102,000 Australians who have died serving our country in all wars and theatres of conflict.

“I encourage everyone to pause and reflect in silence at 11am on Remembrance Day and think about the single lives cut short and the hole that left in the lives of mothers, fathers, brother, sisters, families, friends, communities and our nation,” Mr Tehan said.

“In doing so, we seek to understand the price we have paid for our freedoms and values and we honour those who are prepared to serve in defence of our nation.

“We must never forget those who gave their lives so that we can live ours.”

Mr Tehan will honour Australia’s servicemen and women at the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.