Who will you think of during a minute's silence this Sunday for Remembrance Day?

REMEMBERED: Poppies will be on sale in Lake Macquarie town centres in the lead-up to Remembrance Day this Sunday, November 11. Picture: Isabella Lettini
REMEMBERED: Poppies will be on sale in Lake Macquarie town centres in the lead-up to Remembrance Day this Sunday, November 11. Picture: Isabella Lettini

LOCALS are being encouraged to take a moment to reflect on who they will be thinking about during the minute’s silence at 11am this Sunday for Remembrance Day.

We’re being asked to share details of that person using the hashtag #1MS (1 Minute’s Silence).

“Remembrance Day is special to Australians, young and old, for many different reasons and sharing the stories is incredibly important,” Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said.

“I have been privileged in my role to attend several commemorative services and listen to the stories of veterans and family members, including who they are commemorating and what they think about during the minute’s silence.

“Many Australians have an ancestor or relative who has served or died in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations and it is this deep personal connection that they remember.

“Others don’t have this personal connection, but stand in silent gratitude to those who sacrificed so much for our nation over the last century.”

This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice — the day the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the greatest war the modern world had ever seen was all but over.

“Remembrance Day is a time for us as a nation to unite in a minute of solemn respect and admiration for those who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” the minister said.

“I strongly encourage all Australians to really think about why they pause on Remembrance Day, to attend their local Remembrance Day services and to stop for a minute’s silence.”

Remembrance Day in Morisset

A Remembrance Day service will be held in Morisset this Sunday, November 11, from 10.45am, at Morisset Country Club. South Lake Macquarie RSL Sub-branch will host the service and invites all locals to attend. “Poppy Day badges can be purchased on the day, or from around the town from stalls manned by our volunteers at Bonnells Bay Shopping Centre, and from outside Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in Morisset leading up to Remembrance Day,” a spokesperson for the sub-branch said.

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