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Friday, May 24, 2024

Remember to Remember on November 11th

RSL Queensland is calling on all Queenslanders to Remember to Remember on Saturday 11 November, with a minute’s silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to honour the service and sacrifice of our fallen service personnel.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies across Queensland to pay their respects, with more than 115 services set to be hosted by RSL Sub Branches around the state.

RSL Queensland’s official Remembrance Day service will take place at Brisbane’s ANZAC Square from 10:15am at the Shrine of Remembrance.

RSL Queensland State President, Major General Stephen Day DSC AM is encouraging all Queenslanders to take a moment this Remembrance Day and remember those who died or suffered for Australia in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

“Remembrance Day gives us all an opportunity to honour those who sacrificed their future so that we could enjoy our today,” he said.

“It is important that we continue to observe this day to safeguard their legacy and remember the ultimate price they paid was not in vain. The services held across the state by our many RSL Sub Branches helps ensure their stories and sacrifices are not forgotten.

“We ask all Queenslanders to remember to remember on Saturday 11 November. Whether you take a moment of quiet reflection, either at a service or when going about your day, at a school or sporting event, or you wear a poppy to show your respect, it all means so much to the veteran community and the families of our fallen,” MAJGEN Day said.

On Remembrance Day, RSL Queensland will be joined by Queensland high school student, Thomas Eccleston, who earlier this year was among eight high-school students selected as recipients of the 2023 Premier’s ANZAC Prize, which saw him undertake a life-changing tour of memorial sites along the Western Front battlefields in Belgium and France to learn about Australia’s service history.

Thomas said the tour helped him understand the importance of Australia’s military history and the significance of commemorative days like Remembrance Day, giving him the opportunity to share with other young Queenslanders and for them to do the same.

“The chance to visit some of Australia’s most significant battlefields provided a glimpse into what life was like for those who served, which has made me appreciate how important days like Remembrance Day are for honouring what our service men and women did for our country,” he said.

“During the program, I got to meet lots of people who helped us all understand the stories of courage, sacrifice and resilience of those who served for Australia.

“We also had the opportunity to share what we’d learned with students in primary schools, which I think was important for helping other young people understand why we remember on Remembrance Day.”

For more information on Remembrance Day and where to attend a local service or to access digital resources including audio recordings, videos, blogs and veteran stories, visit remembertoremember.com.au.

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