HONOUR THE FALLEN ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

HONOUR THE FALLEN ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

HONOUR THE FALLEN ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

9 November 2005

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today urged all Australians to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war, by pausing for one minute's silence at 11am on Remembrance Day, 11 November.

"In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an Armistice was signed ending the death and devastation of World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, 11 November was set aside to pay tribute to all those who died in World War I, including more than 60 000 Australians," Mr George said.

"In memory of all the men and women who have served our country and died in wars, conflicts and peace operations, I urge all Australians to honour them and continue the tradition of Remembrance Day, by wearing a red Flanders poppy and pausing for one minute's silence at 11am," Mr George said.

"The Flanders poppy first became popular in Australia in 1921 to symbolise the end of World War I and the rebuilding of life. It was among the first plants that grew after the devastation on the battle fields in Northern France and Belgium."

More than 1.5 million Australians have served in wars and conflicts - the Boer War, both world wars, Korea, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam, and current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq; as well as peace operations and humanitarian missions since 1947 in places such as Rwanda, the Balkans, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

"This Remembrance Day, I urge all Australians to take the time to pause for a minute at 11am and pay tribute to those who gave their tomorrow for your today," Mr George said.

"We will remember them."

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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Telephone: 02 6672 7577