Tomorrow, on Anzac Day, our nation will pause to thank all current and former men and women of our Defence force, and to remember the sacrifice of all those Australians who have given their lives in the service of our nation.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee encouraged all Australians to take time out to reflect on our national day of commemoration.
“Anzac Day is sacred to Australians, as a time when we honour our nation’s defence personnel who have served across all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations,” Minister Gee said.
“We must never forget the more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives for our nation, and all those who have been physically and emotionally wounded, as well as their families.
“The men and women who’ve served our nation through the generations have never asked for much in return. In the end it comes down to one thing – that we never forget what they have done for us.
“That sacred duty of remembrance currently rests with our generation, and it is a commitment that we will in turn pass onto the next.
“No matter how you mark Anzac Day this year I encourage you to pause and reflect on all those who have served, and those who continue to serve.”
Senator Sarah Henderson that communities around regional Victoria have a proud tradition of coming together on Anzac Day to pay tribute to the fallen and defence personnel past and present.
“Many local services in Corangamite, Corio, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gorton electorates will return this year now that COVID restrictions have eased and it will be the first Anzac Day since 2019 that many veterans and families can again come together with our community for commemorations,” Senator Henderson said.
“We will once again pause, on our driveways, at local cenotaphs and at RSLs to recognise and honour the service of the men and women of our region.
“Many veterans will be looking forward to marching and catching up with their mates for the first time in three years.
“I am personally looking forward to commemorating this most solemn occasion with community members.
“This Anzac Day, I encourage everyone to come together again, wear a sprig of rosemary or a red poppy, show your support for our serving defence forces and pay tribute to our veterans.”
Anzac Day can be a challenging time for veterans and for the families of those who have served, so I would also encourage Australians to reach out to the veterans and their families in your community to ensure they have the support they need.
Anyone needing support at this time should reach out to Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046, or visit the website at openarms.gov.au.
24 April 2022