It’s “incredibly important” that future generations of Australians come to honour the sacrifices of Defence Force personnel, says federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.
To that end he is encouraging participation in Remembrance Day services across the electorate on Sunday and a minute’s silence at 11am for servicemen and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
State Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is also keen to see community members “pay their respects” on Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day 2018 will focus on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War 1 (WW1).
“At 11am on 11 November 1918, fighting was suspended and there were huge celebrations across the world,” Mr Grant said.
“This Sunday, 11 November 2018, our community will come together again to reflect on the events which shaped our history.
“I’m proud that across the Dubbo electorate we have a real sense of occasion when it comes to events that remember our veterans.”
Mr Coulton said almost two million men and women had worn with pride the uniforms of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force.
“Tragically, more than 102,000 names are today listed on the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour,” he said.
“On 11 November we remember their service and sacrifice.
“It is also incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians so our Defence Force personnel know their sacrifices are honoured, now and into the future.”
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About 416,000 Australians enlisted in WW1 with more than 60,000 of them making the ultimate sacrifice.