Today on Remembrance Day, the Central West will stand in silent reflection and remembrance of the sacrifice of our fallen men and women who gave their lives in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said for more than a century Australians have paused at 11am on 11 November to acknowledge our fallen service men and women.
“Remembrance Day represents a time where Australians can stand together with our service personnel and veterans, and remember those who have lost their lives in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping,” Minister Gee said.
“Originally known as Armistice Day, this day was in commemoration of the moment the guns of the Western Front fell silent on 11 November 1918 at 11 am.
“Just over 20 years later, Australia joined the Second World War, during which more than 39,000 Australians gave their lives. It was after the wars ended that 11 November became known as Remembrance Day.”
Tragically, over the last century more than 102,000 Australian service men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Minister Gee said we cannot repay the debt we owe to our Australian service men and women, however we can continue to remember them and the sacrifices they made for our country.
“The men and women who gave so much for our country didn’t ask for much. In the end it came down to one thing – that we never forget what they did for us.
“That is why it is incredibly important that we continue the tradition of pausing in remembrance and respect of our fallen defence personnel, now and into the future,” Minister Gee said.
“It is during this very powerful moment that we demonstrate that we should not, and will not, ever forget them.
“This Remembrance Day, I encourage the Central West community to wear a red poppy and observe two minutes silence in honour of the men and women who served and sacrificed so much for Australia.”
In commemoration of these brave men and women, the Australian War Memorial will be holding a limited attendance event, which will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC.
For more information about Remembrance Day, visit the Anzac Portal.