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Premier’s Message – November 2019

Welcome to the November edition of Veterans E-news.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who attended the Veterans’ Information Day on Friday 1 November. 

The issues raised during the town hall meeting have provided me with a clear understanding of matters affecting you.  I will work closely with state and federal colleagues to address the issues you have raised. 

I would also like to sincerely thank the Veterans SA team for developing this initiative and coordinating the event.

With Remembrance Day approaching, the statement in Thomas Campbell’s poem, ‘Hallowed Ground’ is highly relevant for this occasion, “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”.

Campbell’s words remind us of the importance of honouring the service and sacrifice of those who serve, those who have served, and those who support them.

Their courage, resilience and sacrifice secured the freedoms that we all now enjoy. Their efforts have meant neither I, nor most Australians, have had to sacrifice much to pursue the opportunities before us.

One of the things I find most inspiring about our veterans is that, even when they cease to wear their military uniform, they continue to serve. They are the first to help both their fellow veterans and their neighbour.

To those who have not served, I ask that you consider that the person you pass as you walk down the street might not be wearing our nation’s uniform today, but that a year or a decade or a generation ago, he or she might have been a service personnel who was willing to lay down their life for our nation.  

It has been said that the beginning of the end of war lies in remembrance. Remembrance Day offers us the opportunity to live these words and to honour the words of John Maxwell Edmonds; “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.”

We will remember them.

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