Remembrance Day 2011
I would like to encourage all my constituents to actively participate in Remembrance Day, the 11th November 2011. Remembrance Day commemorates the dead and injured in all wars. Originally known as ‘Armistice Day’, Remembrance Day is an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we are as a nation to have the freedom and peace that we so often take for granted.
Since federation, 103,000 Australians have been killed in action during war service. Their names are recorded on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial and we can honour their memory on the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11 month by observing a minute slice.
The traditional symbol of Remembrance Day is the red poppy. This symbol is further recognised in the poem “In Flanders’ Fields”. RSL’s in the Bonner electorate hold annual poppy appeals to raise funds for welfare and advocacy work. Volunteers man stalls at places of business, in shopping centres or at major community events to sell poppies and raise funds for the vital work of the veteran and ex-service community.
If you would like to know more information about Remembrance Day please follow the below links
Remembrance Day Website http://www.remembrance-day.australianwarheroes.com/
Department of Veterans