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Deputy Prime Minister in Parkes for Remembrance Day

2018: Parkes and visiting servicemen and women pause during the Last Post at the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony in Cooke Park.
2018: Parkes and visiting servicemen and women pause during the Last Post at the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony in Cooke Park.

Member for Riverina and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will be the special guest of honour at this year's Parkes Remembrance Day commemorations.

Mr McCormack will be joined by Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM, Parkes RSL Sub-Branch president Terry Knowles and returned servicemen and women for the occasion that will commence at 10.30am at the Cooke Park Cenotaph.

Parkes RSL Sub-Branch secretary Paul Thomas said that all Parkes schools, including Red Bend Catholic College, will play an important part in the day's gathering with these schools reciting all of the town and district's fallen heroes.

Parkes Primary School, under the guidance of Mrs Colleen Leonard, will perform and, among its recitals, the school will lead the town in Australia's National Anthem.

Mr Thomas said that while Australia's population now refer to the day as Remembrance Day, it was originally referred to as Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War 1 on November 11 with the Armistice being signed at 11am.

"However due to Australia's involvement in several other conflicts over the past 100 years it is now more commonly referred to as Remembrance Day," he said.

"Remembrance Day is a day when all Australian citizens can celebrate our freedom and people are encouraged to join the celebration."

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SPECIAL GUEST: Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will be the special guest at this year's service.

SPECIAL GUEST: Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will be the special guest at this year's service.