Take a minute to remember

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has encouraged the Pearce community to take a minute to pay their respects on Remembrance Day this week and support the Poppy Appeal.

This year, November 11 marks the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one minute of silence is observed to mark the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front during WWI after over four years of horrific warfare,” Mr Porter said.

“Each year on this day, we stop to remember those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

“Remembrance Day commemorates the noble sacrifices of the armed forces and civilians during times of war and I urge our community to pause for a minute to reflect on their sacrifice.”

Mr Porter also encouraged the community to wear a red poppy to commemorative services.

“During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium,” he said.

“I encourage members of the public to wear a red poppy to honour those who have fallen in times of war.

“You can buy a poppy as part of the RSL’s Poppy Appeal – the funds raised will help the RSL assist former and current members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.”

The Poppy Appeal contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL.

The largest fundraising activity of the Poppy Appeal is the sale of poppies beginning in late October each year.

Poppies are available in various denominations from $1 to $50 and the money raised is used to assist both current and former serving members of the Australian and Allied Defence forces and their dependents when in need.