ENCOURAGEMENT to help young Australians understand the history and significance of one of the most important days on the nation’s calendar, Remembrance Day, will be available through a range of commemorative and educational resources.
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of guns falling silent on the Western Front in the First World War: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Our nation stands in silent reflection for one minute each year to commemorate and honour those Australians who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has prepared a Remembrance Day educational resources pack or ‘digital kitbag’ to highlight the importance of honouring Australia’s veterans and servicemen and women.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the Remembrance Day pack includes a range of commemorative and educational resources about Australia’s military history.
“The Australian Government is committed to recognising the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our nation. It is crucial to foster this tradition of recognition in order to teach our children the importance of Remembrance Day and honouring the service and sacrifice of all our veterans in a respectful and dignified manner,” Minister Gee said.
A range of online and hardcopy resources, as well as posters, a calendar and a book are included in the pack. The book, Endurance: Stories of Australians in wartime captivity, is the 11th volume in the Century of Service series and tells the stories of our men and women who became prisoners of war while serving in the armed forces.