Australia Safer Today Thanks To the Sacrifice of Veterans: PM

By Victoria Kelly-Clark
Victoria Kelly-Clark
Victoria Kelly-Clark
November 11, 2021 Updated: November 11, 2021

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked the 102,000 defence force veterans who gave their lives in service to make Australia a safer country today than it was in years past.

Speaking at the Doncaster Returned Soldiers League (RSL) on Nov. 11, Morrison said Australians came together on Remembrance Day to honour the lives of those who lost theirs to keep the county safe.

“It doesn’t matter which battle, which conflict, it’s the same uniform that has been worn. It is the same honour that is being lived up to and shown as you’ve stepped up in our name,” Morrison said. “We are safer today because of your efforts, and we are free today because of your efforts, and we are deeply thankful.”

Morrison also said the day was about listening, preserving freedom, and safeguarding democracy.

“Standing against tyranny. Protecting our home. Standing up for our values, so that Australia is never bullied,” he said.

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Joanne Beavis from Legacy (served 25 years) alongside Megan Rull during a Remembrance Day 2021 Service at The Cenotoph at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 11, 2021. Megan Rull lost her partner to suicide last year after serving in Afghanistan. (Mick Tsikas – Pool/Getty Images)

Remembrance Day is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November, and is the exact time that guns fell silent across the Western Front in 1918, signalling the end of the first World War.

This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the signing of the Armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany. Originally called Armistice Day, it has become a day when Australians remember all veterans who fought in conflicts representing Australia.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) and Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews (R) attend the Remembrance Day service at the Shrine of Remembrance on November 11, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

The Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, in a media release, said that by pausing to remember and reflect on the legacy of the men and women who have died in service to Australia, it allows countrymen to draw on their strength and spirit in challenging times. He also reminded Australians to not forget those who had died.

“Lest we forget,” Campbell said.

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese in a media release called on Australians to spend the one minute silence imagining all the veterans who did not return from conflicts and to remember the veterans who need our support in the present.

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Anthony Albanese speaks to the media at Henson Park Oval in Sydney, Australia, on May 21, 2019. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

“We have a sacred responsibility to care for those who volunteer to defend us even now. Many never come home the same; their old selves left behind forever on a distant battlefield,” Albanese said.

“The minute of silence that we observe each Remembrance Day is a reminder that silence is anything but empty,” he added.

“Imagine them. All they were, and all they could have been. All that could have sprung from their hearts, their minds and their hands had our world never known war. We create this moment of quiet so that we can hear them. So that they will not fade.”