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Remembrance Day events


From Zeehan to Bicheno, King Island to Dover, Tasmanians right across the state have stopped to pay their respects to defence force personnel who gave their lives.

A total of 67 locations across the state hosted commemorative events for Remembrance Day.

It's been 101 years since the end of the First World War, in which 15 thousand Tasmanians enlisted and 3 thousand were killed.

Thousands more suffered lasting physical and psychological impacts.

RSL Tasmania CEO Noeleen Lincoln says while the minute's silence is a well-practiced exercise, it still holds deep meaning.

"It's so important to pause and reflect on just how lucky we are to be here, because a lot of people sacrificed their lives," she said.

"It's about respect, it's about remembering. There's not too many people on this little island who don't have someone in their family history that would be touched by Remembrance Day. The majority of people would have somebody to remember. But even if they don't, just remember others."

"We're encouraging people to purchase a poppy in remembrance of those who fell with proceeds of that obviously go to RSL Tasmania to support our 11 thousand veterans and their families."

Meanwhile, the Hodgman Government has used to the occasion to announce $100,000 across two rounds of the 2019-20 Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program for Tasmanian veterans and ex-serving organisations.

The grants are funding for small infrastructure repairs and maintenance, and/or equipment purchases for RSLs and ex-serving organisations across the state

Fourteen organisations from across Tasmania will receive a total of almost $50,000 funding through the first round including:

  • Ulverstone Returned Servicemen’s Club Inc - $7,700 to upgrade their foyer doors;
  • Launceston RSL Sub Branch Inc - $5,000 to purchase and renovate furniture;
  • St Helens – St Marys RSL Sub Branch Inc - $3,100 to install lighting on the WW1 mural and the final 16 names on the WW1 Roll of Honour;
  • Esperance RSL Sub Branch Inc - $5,000 to upgrade the Cenotaph memorial; and
  • King Island RSL Sub Branch Inc - $4,728 for preservation and display of donated memorabilia.
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