10 November 2017
Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo has encouraged the local community to pause on Remembrance Day and reflect on the Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation.
“Remembrance Day on 11 November marks 99 years since the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918,” he said.
“More than 1.5 million Australians have served in defence of our nation and values in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping — sadly, more than 102,000 have died.
“I encourage all Gold Coasters to pause and observe one minute’s silence at 11am and wear a red Flanders poppy to honour those whose lives were cut short by war.”
Remembrance Day services will be held by a number of RSL’s across the Gold Coast including Southport, Surfers Paradise and Nerang.
Mr Ciobo said it was an opportunity for the local community to show support for our hard-working defence force who are currently serving overseas.
“Men and women from across Australia have sacrificed time with loved ones and put their lives on hold to serve Australia’s interests in areas such as the Middle East,” he said.
“By pausing for one minute on Remembrance Day, we can reflect on the price we have paid for our nation’s freedom and values.”
Counselling services are available to current or former Defence personnel if Remembrance Day raises personal issues for veterans.