Remembrance Day Message 2021

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien is encouraging everyone in Wide Bay to honour those who have served our nation, by wearing a poppy and paying their respects at 11am on Remembrance Day, this Thursday, November 11.

“This Remembrance Day marks the 103rd anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War, during which more than 300,000 Australians served overseas and more than 60,000 people lost their lives,” Mr O’Brien said.

“On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am we pause to remember them, and honour the two million men and women who have served in the defence, protection and safe-keeping of our nation, and particularly the 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 1914, giving their lives for our freedom.

“We remember those fallen today, and every Remembrance Day, as it is through their bravery and courage that Australia is a safe and secure nation and all Australians are able to enjoy our peaceful way of life. I encourage every person in Wide Bay to keep their memory alive, to continue to observe Remembrance Day, and educate the next generation about their service so their sacrifices are never forgotten.

“For many veterans and their families Remembrance Day can be a difficult time and it is important to acknowledge the work of individuals and service organisations that support and advocate for our veterans and their families.

“By buying a poppy from one of Wide Bay’s RSL sub-branches, you can show that you honour the sacrifices made, and support the RSL’s work providing assistance and care for our local veterans.”

Commemorative resources for Remembrance Day, including stories from those who served, are available from the Anzac Portal: https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/remembrance-day-kitbag 

Mr O’Brien will commemorate Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.