Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging residents to attend ANZAC Day services across the Morwell Electorate this Saturday.
Mr Northe said ANZAC Day is of special significance for Australians, but is particularly more poignant this year because it marks the ANZAC Centenary: 100 years since Australia’s involvement in World War 1.
“A century ago, men and women from all over Australia were called upon to leave behind their family and friends and cross the sea to serve their country,” Mr Northe said. Mr Northe said that from a population of less than five million, more than 400,000 enlisted.
“Of these young men and women more than 60,000 made the ultimate sacrifice, whilst more than 156,000 were wounded, gassed or taken prisoner,” he said.
“ANZAC Day is not a day to glorify war, but to remember those who have served our country during times of conflict and crisis, and to reflect on their selfless sacrifice to ensure our freedom.
“On 25 April every year, we pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the tragedy of war and remember the ANZAC legacy of courage, mateship and sacrifice.
“It is also a time to remember the deep emotional scars that many carried silently following this terrible time in our history and the impact of war on families spanning generations.”
Mr Northe said ANZAC Day was an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women not only during World War I but also to recognise all members of the Australian Defence Force who continue to serve around the world.
“It is heartening though to see increasing numbers of people, especially our younger generations, attending ANZAC services paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedom and lifestyle we do,” he said.
Mr Northe also paid tribute to local RSL Clubs for their ongoing efforts in educating particularly our younger generations on what the ANZAC spirit means along with their hosting of local ANZAC day services.
Mr Northe will attend services at Boolarra on Friday and Traralgon, Tyers, Newborough and Morwell on Saturday.
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