Chance to re­flect on ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice

Midland Reporter - - News -

FED­ERAL Mem­ber for Hasluck Ken Wy­att MP com­mem­o­rated Re­mem­brance Day at the Belle­vue RSL ser­vice on Sat­ur­day.

Mr Wy­att said Novem­ber 11 was an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the Aus­tralian ser­vice men and women who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in de­fence of our na­tion.

“The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice in 1918 that ended the fight­ing in the First World War,” he said.

“It is now a day for Aus­tralians to ob­serve one minute’s si­lence at 11am in mem­ory of those who have died or suf­fered in all wars and armed con­flicts.

“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.

“On Re­mem­brance Day we stop and think about the lives cut short by war and how that has af­fected fam­i­lies, friends and com­mu­ni­ties.

“We also re­flect on the men and women who vol­un­teer to join our de­fence force and are pre­pared to fight and die for our coun­try and our val­ues.”

Ken Wy­att with Roy Jewell, Belle­vue RSL pres­i­dent Scott Rogers and John Gaynor.

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