November 9, 2011
Respect for servicemen and women will be shown as Gippslanders pause for one minute silence at 11am this Friday for Remembrance Day.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifice, bravery and spirit of those who lost their lives, those who served and returned and those currently serving in conflict and peacekeeping missions.
“Remembrance Day acknowledges the efforts of all servicemen and women who have served our nation,” Mr Chester said.
“As we pay tribute to those we have lost, we honour the unique character of our nation’s brave men and women who gave their all in the name of this great country.”
Mr Chester encouraged Gippslanders to participate in local Remembrance Day commemorations and remember the sacrifice of local soldiers.
“I hope that Gippslanders in schools and workplaces across the region will pause to consider the lives that have been lost and recognise what has been granted to us by the exercise of such bravery,” Mr Chester said.
Remembrance Day is signified by the wearing of a red poppy originating from the sight of red poppies stretching across the World War I battlefields and later recalled in the 1915 poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.