We will remember them

This year, Anzac Day marks the 105th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

But the passing of time, and the fading of that era from living memory, does not mean a lessening of a remembrance.
 
Anzac Day, 25 April, is a day of commemoration, a day to salute the courage and valour of our soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, and a day to recognise their enduring sacrifice to protect our nation. 
 
It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and new Zealand forces during the World War 1.
 
From a population of fewer than five million, more than 416,000 Australians served in the armed forces during World War 1.  Of those on active service, more than 60,000 casualties were recorded and 155,000 returned wounded.
 
25 April soon became the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.
 
Today, Anzac Day has become a day to remember all Australians who had served and those who had died in all wars, conflicts and operations. 
 
At the break of dawn, thousands across our great nation gather in the sight of God remembering with pride and gratitude those who served and those who died for our nation in times of conflict to secure the freedom and peace we enjoy, and for the opportunity that is ours to build a better society for the generations to come.
 
The spirit of Anzac continues to play a role in our sense of national identity through the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, leaving us a powerful legacy.
 

For the Fallen - by Laurence Binyon

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them”

  Posted April 20, 2020 in Our blog