From: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List
Sent: Fri 9/11/2012 9:05 AM
LETTER TO THE EDITOR HONOURING OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY
On the eleventh day of the eleventh month 2012, people around the world will pause in silence to remember all those who have given so much in war. Here in Australia we think of all those who have served in our nation’s uniform and those we have lost to war.
This time of respect on Remembrance Day honours all of those affected by war.
We especially remember the more than 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice—including the families of 39 young diggers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.
I encourage all Australians—no matter where you are, or what you are doing—to purchase a red poppy from the RSL and wear it proudly, as we pause to reflect this Remembrance Day.
We have a strong tradition of remembering the terrible toll of war on Australians. As the Anzac Centenary approaches, this is only growing stronger.
If you are planning to hold your own ceremony, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has a range of tools freely available to help, including a step-by-step guide to running a Remembrance Day ceremony and accompanying audio files such as the National Anthem and the Last Post.
Each year DVA produces a special Remembrance Day poster and an accompanying education resource to commemorate significant milestones in Australia’s military history. The 2012 poster commemorates Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962–1975.
All of these resources are available on the DVA website at www.dva.gov.au/remembranceday.htm
I urge all Australians to take the time to remember our courageous servicemen and women, past and present, on 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