Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, said schools in the electorate would receive an educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day on 11 November.
The educational kit, developed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), would help schools plan educational and commemorative Remembrance Day activities.
The educational kit will include a Remembrance Day commemorative poster, the 2018 DVA calendar, an educational resource and flyers promoting new online publications about Australian peacekeeping and the 2018 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.
“Our Wentworth community continues to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation,” Mr Turnbull said.
“As a community it is essential that each generation learns about that sacrifice and understands how Australia’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations have shaped this country.
“This year’s Remembrance Day poster will honour the significant contribution of Australian Peacekeepers over the last 70 years, highlighting the work they have done in countries such as Cambodia, Somalia and East Timor.
“A key part of this year’s educational resource is the sixth instalment in the Century of Service series. Comradeship: Stories of friendship and recreation in wartime explores the stories of Australians finding joy and laughter in simple pleasures, like sport and music, amongst the horrors of war.”
Schools will receive the educational kit in October with resources also available to download via the DVA Anzac Portal.
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.