Today Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones had the privilege of attending commemorative services for Anzac Day in the local area.
This day marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, a day that history will not forget. The First World War shaped our identity as a people and as a nation.
World War I, and the Gallipoli campaign in particular, has come to exemplify powerful Australian values of mateship, sacrifice, loyalty and pride in being Australian.
This year during the Anzac Centenary we will remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The Anzac Centenary is one of the most important commemorative events to take place in the lives of current generations.
Ms Bird said that it is important to pause and reflect on the courage and immense sacrifice of those who laid down their lives in defence of our nation.
“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to attend this service with a vast range of members of the Cunningham community.
“It is encouraging to see so many people pay tribute to our ANZAC’s, particularly during the Centenary of Anzac, a time of special significance”
Mr Jones said that it was an honour join members of the Throsby community to pay tribute to those who have fought and died in service of our nation.
“Anzac Day is an important day of commemoration, where we pause to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, including those who have made the supreme sacrifice.”
Lest we forget.
More information on commemoration events and services can be found at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.