On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, each year Australians around the world will observe a minutes silence to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have died in wars, conflict, and peacekeeping operations, to protect our nation.
Commemorating those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts will be different this year given the COVID-19 pandemic. This Remembrance Day, Soldier On will be creating a field of poppies to honour those who have served in the Australian Defence Force and paid the ultimate sacrifice. The poppy are the flowers that grew on the battlefields after World War One ended and have become a symbol to remember those who lost their lives in conflicts around the world.
Solider On Australia’s CEO, Ivan Slavich, says “Remembrance Day is a day for the Australian public to show their respect and acknowledge the sacrifices of our service men and women. As a community, Australia needs to come together to ensure that our veterans and their families are adequately supported. It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tough year for all Australians, with the devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have relied on the support of many of our servicemen and women, and in-turn their families during these times.”
Sergeant Bert Le Merton, Patron of Soldier On’s March On campaign, said “Whilst we remember today those members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty, it is also so important that we never forget to care for our surviving veterans.”
Sergeant Bert, who has walked an incredible 107.3km and raised a staggering $86,500, is currently recovering from an injury, however is looking forward to walking around the block again to continue his personal mission to support our modern day veterans.
Whilst the Centenary of ANZAC has raised awareness of the contemporary veteran and the issues they face, we as a community must continue to support our Defence community, particularly once they have separated from service to avoid issues that can arise in the years to come.
Remembrance Day is a powerful and emotive historic day. For many, it is an important occasion to pause, reflect and remember loved ones. For some, it can sometimes bring unexpected memories or feelings. This year we encourage you to reach out to Soldier On for support and stay connected: firstname.lastname@example.org