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Time for re­flec­tion

TO­DAY we com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the charge of the Aus­tralian Light Horse at the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba, in what is now Is­rael.

In what is re­mem­bered as one of the great cav­alry charges, Aus­tralia’s 4th and 12th Light Horse reg­i­ments rode through heavy fire and en­gaged the Turk­ish line.

Aus­tralia cap­tured more than 700 Turk­ish sol­diers in the charge, but lost 31 of our own with another 36 wounded.

More than 1,350 Aus­tralians lost their lives in the Mid­dle East cam­paigns of the First World War.

To­day, I urge all Aus­tralians to stop and re­flect on the Aus­tralians who fought and died in the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba.

We should re­flect on the na­ture of ser­vice and on the courage, brav­ery and sac­ri­fices that our coun­try­men and women make in our name.

Lest we for­get.

Dan Te­han Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs

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