Remembrance Day (12.11.2013)

Written on the 14 November 2013

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Sunday, along with a number of colleagues, I attended the annual RSL State Remembrance Service. The service is a reminder of the sacrifices that so many have made to protect the freedoms that we in this country hold so fiercely. This year marks 95 years since the end of the First World War. Next year marks the centenary of the commencement of that war.

In commemorative service speeches we are reminded of the great number of men who went to war, the nurses who served alongside them and the women and families who were left behind to continue with their lives as their family members went off to a foreign land. We are also reminded of the great number of people who died or were wounded in service.

Immediately following the service the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust held a ceremony unveiling the Victoria Cross memorial in honour of Victoria Cross recipients. Thirty nine Victorians are listed on the memorial, having received the highest military decoration.

The Shrine of Remembrance is within my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region and was built to commemorate those who served in the First World War.

Yesterday Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, and the Victorian Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Hugh Delahunty, attended the Remembrance Day service and, along with thousands of other Victorians, honoured all those who have served in wars or peacekeeping missions.

I acknowledge that in the lead-up to next year's centenary of Anzac, Minister Delahunty is providing new rounds of grants to restore commemoration sites, the many iconic avenues of honour across the state and importantly the multimillion-dollar project at the Shrine of Remembrance, the galleries of remembrance, that tell the history of Australians at war and the many stories of service and sacrifice.

I urge all members to be involved in the centenary of Anzac activities.

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