CELEBRATING OUR DIGGERS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

  • Sunshine Coast Businesses Encouraged to Nominate for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards
  • Remembrance Day Mail Out Hitting Schools

Sunshine Coast businesses are being encouraged to nominate for the 2020 Prime Minister Veterans’ Employment Awards while students throughout our community are learning more about Remembrance Day as the Morrison Government encourages greater recognition of veterans in our region.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that the Prime Minister’s Veterans Awards represent an opportunity to recognise and celebrate businesses of all sizes across Australia who employ or support veterans of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“It is estimated that up to 15,000 veterans have chosen the Sunshine Coast as their home and who could blame them? It is vital that our community responds by recognising the contribution that these dedicated men and women have made, and the contribution that they can continue to make in the future through their civilian careers. I am sure that many Sunshine Coast businesses are industry leaders in supporting veteran employment and this program is a chance to have that great work recognised with a prestigious Award.” Mr Wallace said.

Every year over 5,500 people leave the Australian Defence Force. The Morrison Government’s aim is to ensure every person is able to transition into civilian life in towns across Australia effectively and find meaningful employment by businesses that support them. Members of the ADF develop a considerable range of skills, abilities, behaviours and attributes that make them valuable employees in businesses and organisations throughout the community.

As these award nominations open, Sunshine Coast schools are also beginning to receive an educational kit encouraging students to learn more about Remembrance Day in the lead up to 11 November, when veterans will be commemorated for their service and sacrifice in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Mr Wallace said the kits are produced each year by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and sent out to schools to help students understand Remembrance Day and why it is such an important day on the Australian calendar.

“Remembrance Day is a reminder to all Australians to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice of all the men and women who have served and given their lives in all wars, conflicts and peace keeping missions. Our Remembrance Day mail out is way for school children to learn more about what Remembrance Day is and why we stop to remember our veterans.” Mr Wallace said.

“This kit is also useful in teaching students more about Australia’s wartime history and the role our nation has played, and continues to play, in different conflicts and peacekeeping operations. It helps our young people to recognise the vital contribution of the service men and women of today as well as those of the past, and to understand the importance of our on-going support for them when they return to civilian life.” he said.

The 2019 mail-out is distributed to more than 17,600 recipients across Australia and overseas and includes a Remembrance Day poster, the 2020 DVA calendar and educational resources. This year’s Remembrance Day poster features the Ode of Remembrance and words taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem, ‘For the Fallen’.

For further information or to request a copy of the Remembrance Day mail-out visit the Anzac Portal.

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