The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie will attend the Remembrance Day service in Bendigo this Sunday to acknowledge those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation.
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month we pause and remember our brave men and women who died in defence of our nation and its values.
Senator McKenzie said Remembrance Day would hold a special meaning, following a parliamentary delegation to Ypres, Belgium for ANZAC Day this year.
“The Ypres community holds a service every night of the year at the Menin Gate, when the Last Post is played and visitors and locals remember fallen soldiers.”
Senator McKenzie said Remembrance Day was a day for reflection and encouraged residents in the Bendigo area to attend the service on Pall Mall.
“Approximately 10,000 people from Bendigo have served in war, 3000 of whom were involved in World War 1.
“Sunday’s service will be an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of our local men and women in that war, when 600 of our loved ones didn’t return home.”
Wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day was another way to remember those who died.
The Red Poppy, which bloomed so prolifically across the fields of northern France, is the international symbol of remembrance and Remembrance Day.
“The bloodiest battles of World War One took place across northern France, where tens of thousands of brave young Australians lie in eternal silence today far from home,” Senator McKenzie concluded.