Remembering fallen Australians

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today laid a wreath at the Remem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice at Mar­tin Place in Syd­ney.

Remem­brance or Armistice Day com­mem­o­rates the end of World War One at 11am, 11 Novem­ber 1918.

Mr Clare said it was an oppor­tu­ni­ty to remem­ber all those who had died serv­ing our country.

“Since 1919 Aus­tralia has hon­oured our ser­vice­men and women with a minute’s silence at 11am on 11 Novem­ber,” Mr Clare said.

“Today, the nation will fall silent once again to remem­ber those who lost their lives in defence of our nation.

“We’ll also remem­ber the men and women who defend us today and the sac­ri­fice that they and those close to them make to allow Aus­tralians to live freely.” 

Mr Clare encour­aged Aus­tralians who could not get to a ser­vice to mark the occa­sion by wear­ing a red poppy.

“The tra­di­tion comes from the poem In Flan­ders Field, writ­ten in 1915 by a Cana­di­an field doc­tor who noticed that despite the dev­as­ta­tion of war red pop­pies still grew in spring,” Mr Clare said.

“Since 1921 Aus­tralian RSLs have sold red pop­pies as a reminder of the 102,000 Aus­tralian men and women who gave their lives in times of war.” 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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