THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac
Member for Lingiari
SENATOR TRISH CROSSIN
Senator for the Northern Territory
11 November 2011
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Northern Territory Senator, Trish Crossin, today encouraged the community to pause on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2011, to honour those who have served our nation in times of war and peace.
“Since 1919, we have observed one minute’s silence, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to remember those who have served this country, especially the more than 102,000 who gave their lives in service to Australia,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon said the Northern Territory has a proud tradition in the Australian Defence Force.
“The Territory’s wartime history is evidence of the resilience of Territorians.
“The Japanese bombing campaign against Darwin, Katherine and other Top End locations will be forever etched into our history. We need to honour those who fought and died on Australian soil and especially here in the Territory this Remembrance Day.”
“And while we pause to reflect on the servicemen and women of the past, we should also think of those who today wear the uniform with pride, and notably those serving this nation bravely in Afghanistan and the Middle East, on peacekeeping missions in East Timor and the Solomon Islands,” he said.
Currently some 7000 permanent members of the ADF call the Territory home, including 5000 Army servicemen and women at Robertson Barracks, 1200 RAAF members at Darwin and Tindal bases, 700 Navy members at HMAS Creswell, and more than 900 reservists.
Senator Crossin urged people not to forget Aboriginal Territorians who have fought in our armed forces with distinction.
"We must remember and acknowledge the North West Mobile Force or NORFORCE which dates back to 1981.
"NORFORCE relies heavily on the commitment and local knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to fulfill its role patrolling northern Australia, as some 60 per cent of NORFOCE personnel have an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background," she said.
Australians can also mark Remembrance Day by buying a red poppy from the Returned Services League (RSL) of Australia and supporting our veterans and their families.
“By wearing a red poppy on Remembrance Day and pausing for one minute’s silence, you will make sure all those lost in service to Australia continue to stay in our hearts and minds,” Senator Crossin said.
For more information on Remembrance Day visit www.dva.gov.au/remembranceday.htm
Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon) 02 6277 7820
Carla Fernandes (Senator Crossin) 0407 619 383