Blair Boyer MP
Acting Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Today South Australians will pause to honour the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families at Remembrance Day services across the state.
At 11am on 11 November 1918, with the signing of the Armistice between Allied Forces and Germany, the guns on the Western Front fell silent, signalling the end of World War One.
More than a century later, this date continues to hold deep significance for Australians as we remember the legacy of the fallen and honour the contributions of service men and women.
At 11am today, South Australians will pause for a minute’s silence to respectfully reflect on and remember the sacrifices made by service people and their families across our military history.
Today we also honour the contributions of the approximately 84,000 Australians currently serving in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), many of whom are deployed on operations within Australia and overseas.
It is also a day to acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions made by Defence families, whose ongoing support ensures our ADF can continue to protect and defend Australia and its national interests.
Wreath laying ceremonies are being held across the state.
For more information about Remembrance Day and details for the service at the South Australian National War Memorial visit www.remembertoremember.com.au.
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Today I encourage all South Australians to pause to acknowledge, honour and remember the courageous men and women who have served our country on military and peacekeeping operations.
More than 103,000 Australians have given their lives to protect our freedoms, with many others forever impacted by their service experience.
Each year on Remembrance Day, it is extremely important that we pay tribute to those who have proudly served our nation so our current and former serving defence personnel and their families know their sacrifices are honoured, now and into the future.
To all current and former serving personnel, and their families: thank you for your service.
Lest we forget.