Show your support with a poppy

Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

In the lead up to Remembrance Day on Wednesday, 11 November, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, today encouraged all Australians to purchase and wear a red poppy in support of the Returned and Services League’s (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal.

“Buying a poppy contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL. The money raised helps provide financial and medical assistance, advocacy and support services to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families,” Minister Robert said.

Minister Robert today attended the first Commonwealth Bank Test between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

“The first Test Match of summer will hold extra significance this year as Cricket Australia and the RSL partner to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC,” Minister Robert said.

“I commend the RSL for the work they do and acknowledge the support Cricket Australia are providing this year to not only mark the Centenary of ANZAC but also for supporting the RSL’s Poppy Day Appeal.

“Wearing a red poppy acknowledges the sacrifice of those who lost their lives or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts including the more than 102,000 Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Red poppies have long been a symbol of Remembrance Day, as the red Flanders poppy grew in profusion on the battlefields of the Western Front.

“The forerunner to the RSL first started selling red poppies as a fundraiser on Armistice Day in 1921. Today, as then, the poppy sellers you see in your local community are volunteers, many of them veterans or current serving members, who give up their time each year for this great cause and strongly contribute to the success of the Appeal,” Minister Robert said.

Visit the Remembrance Day website for more information on the Poppy Day Appeal, to volunteer or donate, or contact your local RSL.

Media enquiries:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert): 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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