KARUAH RSL sub-branch President Peter Fidden refers to ANZAC Day as “the most important day of the year”.
“It is a significant day for all Veterans, and to honour those who didn’t come home and those that did and still suffer,” he said.
“We honour their commitment to our country and to our flag.”
This Tuesday, 25 April, will mark the 102nd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in World War One.
More than 8,000 Australian soldiers gave their lives in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
Karuah RSL sub-branch Secretary Barrie French, said ANZAC Day is a time to stop and reflect on Gallipoli, and remember the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions.
“Ceremonies allow us to remember the sacrifices that were made by all Australians, and to make sure young people are aware of what occurred in the First World War and all the wars since then,” Mr French said.
“At our ceremony, we will have Veterans of WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan and a contingent from Iraq, which is important as it recognises that there are still conflicts going on around the world.”
Mr French said the ANZAC qualities of courage, endurance, sacrifice and mateship have stood the test of time.
“That bond of mateship is still there today,” he said.
“You see it every ANZAC Day in the way the groups come together, whether they are Vietnam Veterans, Army or Navy, the bond is still very, very strong.”
Dawn Services and ANZAC commemorations will be held around the region next week to honour all those who have served and died in war.
As the last post is sounded, we will remember them.
Lest We Forget.
By Daniel SAHYOUN