RSL (Queensland Branch) is encouraging the community and Defence veterans to acknowledge one of the most solemn days on the national calendar – Remembrance Day, when World War 1 was declared over.
As Australia’s military operation in Afghanistan draws to an end, it is an opportune time to reflect on the sacrifices made by all service personnel in conflicts past and present. RSL (Queensland Branch) CEO Chris McHugh CSC said while Remembrance Day recalls a declaration of peace 95 years ago, it sadly did not signify an end to conflict.
“40 Australian soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan and 261 wounded including two sailors and one airman,” Mr McHugh said. “Many more are coming home from service with psychological scars and whole communities are dealing with the social and financial impacts of deployment.
“At 11am this Monday, please join your local service and spare a thought for those who’ve made such great sacrifice.”
Veterans, families and supporters, ADF personnel and dignitaries will gather at Brisbane’s ANZAC Square for one of 139 RSL Remembrance Day services across Queensland
ANZAC Square, Ann Street Brisbane Commemoration
10.30am – Monday 11 November 2013.
The Last Post will be played at 11.00 am, after which a minute’s silence will be observed and
then members of the public are invited to lay wreaths.
Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley
Premier of Queensland, Hon Campbell Newman
RSL (Queensland Branch) State President Terry Meehan
RSL (Queensland Branch) CEO Chris McHugh CSC
Chaplin Peter Devenish-Meares
Veterans, other dignitaries, RSL members and the public.