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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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12 October 2017

Schools to receive educational kits for Remembrance Day

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Australian schools would receive an educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day on 11 November.

Mr Tehan said the educational kit would assist schools plan personal and respectful Remembrance Day activities.

“On the 11th day of the 11th month the world marks the Armistice and the official end of First World War,” Mr Tehan said.

“The First World War had a profound impact on our country with so many Australians killed and wounded.

“As a nation we must teach the next generation about the service and sacrifice of our ancestors as well the cost this country has paid defending its freedoms and values. Schools play an important role in ensuring the youngest members of our community have an understanding of Australia’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.”

The educational kit will include a Remembrance Day commemorative poster, the 2018 DVA calendar, an educational resource and flyers promoting new online publications about Australian peacekeeping and the 2018 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

“This year’s Remembrance Day poster will honour the significant contribution of Australian Peacekeepers over the last 70 years,” Mr Tehan said.

“A key part of this year’s educational resource is the sixth instalment in the Century of Service series which explores stories of Australians finding joy and laughter in simple pleasures like sport and music amongst the horrors of war.”

Schools will receive the educational kit in October with resources also available to download via the DVA Anzac Portal.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6466

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.