From: DVA Mailing List
Sent: Tue 25/10/2011 10:31 AM


On the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in this the year 2011, Australians around the country and the world will pause for a moment of silence to remember all those who have given so much in service to our nation.

This moment of silence honours those who have been affected by war, especially the more than 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice – including the families of 29 young diggers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.

I encourage all Australians – no matter where you are, or what you are doing – to wear a red poppy and pause for a moment of reflection this Remembrance Day.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has a range of tools freely available for those holding a Remembrance Day ceremony, including a step-by-step guide and audio files of the National Anthem and the Last Post.

This year also marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Australian Navy, to honour this significant milestone a commemorative poster has been produced and distributed to schools and ex-service organisations.

All of these resources are available on the DVA website at

I urge all Australians to take the time to remember our courageous servicemen and women, past and present, this 11 November.

Lest we forget.

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC

Media inquiries:
Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 0417 917 796 or 02 6277 7820
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203