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Qld'ers Urged To 'Remember'

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Busy lives and competing priorities mean many Queenslanders forget to remember the significance of Remembrance Day.

On Monday November 11, RSL Queensland is calling on Queenslanders to Remember to Remember and to reflect on the service and sacrifice of former and current-serving veterans.

Queenslanders are urged to pause for a minute’s silence at 11am on 11 November, a simple observance that many have forgotten over the years.

RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris said the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month commemorated the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought an end to World War I.

“Observing this significant historical event with a minute of silence and reflection is a mark of respect to the brave young men who fought and fell in the First World War, as well as their comrades who returned,” Mr Ferris said.

“More than a century has passed since the guns fell silent on the Western Front and those who fought are no longer with us.

“However, the legacy of these Diggers has carried down the past century. It continues to be embodied in those men and women who have served and sacrificed in conflicts right up until the present day.

“I call on all Australians to Remember to Remember not only our First World War veterans but all our current and former service men and women and the families who stand behind them.

“We can get so caught up in our busy lives and distracted by work that we have begun to forget to pause and reflect.

“This is the year to take a moment and Remember to Remember.”

Mr Ferris said there were simple steps Australians could take to champion Remembrance Day at home, work or school.

Businesses and individuals can commit to observing a minute’s silence at 11am and can download supporting materials at www.remembertoremember.com.au

RSL Sub Branches throughout Queensland commemorate Remembrance Day with services and ceremonies across the state. For a full list of events, visit: rslqld.org/Whats-On/Remembrance-Day People can also show their support by donating to RSL Queensland’s Poppy Appeal.

Sub Branch volunteers, as well as former and current serving Defence personnel will be out in force in shopping centres, train stations and public areas in the lead up to Remembrance Day, selling badges and merchandise and collecting donations.

The Poppy Appeal culminates in a CBD Ambush in Brisbane on Friday 8 November from 6:30am – 1:30pm. All money raised supports veteran welfare and more information is available here: rslqld.org/Get-Involved/Fundraising-Appeals