Tasmanian Reservists Praised Sun 1 July 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Scott Bacon Minister for Veterans' Affairs The contribution of Tasmania's Reservists has been recognised at an event at the Derwent Entertainment Centre to mark Reserve Forces Day in Hobart today. Reserve Forces Day recognises serving and former Reservists, offering a chance for people to thank and acknowledge the contribution and support that families and employers provide to serving Reservists. The Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Scott Bacon attended today's event, saying Reservists play an important role in enhancing Australia's defence capabilities. "Australia's contribution to international peacekeeping and military operations has never been more important, and Tasmania's contribution to Australia's Reserve Force is generally higher per head of population than other states and territories," Ms Giddings said. "From the relative security of our homes, it's far too easy to forget the risk these brave men and women take in in well-organised and often dangerous assignments as members of Australia's Defence Reserve. "The support they are given by many business, community and government employers around the State is crucial to the sustainability and success of the Reserves, and I congratulate members of the community for their support of our Reservists." Mr Bacon said at present, Tasmanian Reservists are currently deployed in Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. "Our thoughts are with all Tasmanian Reservists currently on deployment, and I would like to thank both current and past Reservists for their bravery and contribution to our defence forces." In 2012, 20 cities around Australia will commemorate the Day by hosting parades and celebrations. The theme for this year's activities is the 110th anniversary of the conclusion of the Boer War. Ms Giddings acknowledged two Boer War recipients of the Victoria Cross - Lieutenant Guy Wylly and Trooper John Bisdee. Trooper Bisdee's family was represented at the Reserve Forces Day parade by Councillor Tony Bisdee, the Mayor of the Southern Midlands Council.