Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Fisheries; Veterans Issues; Asian Engagement

    Remembrance Day: Kings Park ceremony and local services

    11/11/2020 11:05 AM
    • Premier and Minister Tinley attend Remembrance Day service at State War Memorial
    • Government pays tribute to thousands of Western Australians who sacrificed their lives 

    The Western Australian Government has commemorated Remembrance Day at the State War Memorial in Kings Park.


    Premier Mark McGowan and Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley attended the event to honour the Western Australian men and women who served in the Great War, and those who lost their lives as a result.


    Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the end of World War One, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.


    20,000 knitted poppies are on display on the steps of the State War Memorial leading to the Cenotaph and another 20,000 are planted around the Flame of Remembrance.


    There is also a display of falling poppies on the large circular screen in Yagan Square for Perth city visitors to visit and mark Remembrance Day.


    Each year on this day, Australians observe one minute's silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.


    Services will be held at war memorials and schools across WA, at which the 'Last Post' will be played and the minute's silence observed.


    After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed with the United Kingdom's proposal to rename Armistice Day to Remembrance Day to honour those killed in both World Wars.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Remembrance Day is the day we honour the Australian men and women who sailed across oceans to risk their lives for their fledgling nation in 'the war to end all wars'.


    "We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those brave men and women who served our country, who helped shape our identity as Australians. 


    "It's important to remember those that fought for our country and the sacrifices they made." 


    Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:


    "More than a third of Western Australian men aged between 18 and 41 served in the Great War; tragically half of those were either killed or wounded.


    "Though it turned out to be just the first of two World Wars, the sacrifices these many Western Australians made - especially given the conditions of war at the time - should never be forgotten."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300