RSL Queensland is calling on all Queenslanders to pause and reflect with a minute’s silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Queenslanders across the state are invited to attend RSL Queensland’s official Remembrance Day service at Brisbane’s ANZAC Square from 10:15am at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Local RSL Sub Branch services will also be held to remember all service personnel who have died while serving in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Present at the ANZAC Square ceremony will be RSL Queensland’s 2022 Remembrance Day ambassador and highly decorated Australian Army veteran and Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Daniel Keighran.
The decorated Army Corporal is only the third soldier, and the first member of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR), to receive the Victoria Cross for Australia since the award’s introduction in 1991.
He received the award for his heroic actions protecting his comrades, by deliberately drawing enemy fire onto himself in Afghanistan in 2010 during the Battle of Derapet.
Daniel said he was extremely proud to support RSL Queensland’s Remembrance Day campaign and echo the RSL’s call for Queenslanders to Remember to Remember.
“Service was instilled in me from a young age and was one of the driving forces of me enlisting in the Army – due partially to the influence of both my grandfathers who served,” he said.
“Because of this, I grew up understanding the sacrifices that have been made.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to attend their local Remembrance Day service and take the time to remember those that have gone before us and those that continue to serve to this day.”
This year, the RSL is anticipating the largest post-pandemic crowds at Remembrance Day commemorations across the city and state, with thousands expected to attend their nearest service.
RSL State President Major General Stephen Day said Remembrance Day presented everyone with the opportunity to honour those who gave their lives in service their country, those who returned home injured or ill, and those who bravely serve our country today.