His­tory

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - In this Issue - Cas­tle Hill War Me­mo­rial, Old North­ern Road

A mil­lion Australian men and women served dur­ing World War II. Res­i­dents of Baulkham Hills Shire were no ex­cep­tion and war me­mo­ri­als in the dis­trict are a re­minder of those who gave their lives so that we may live in peace.

Anzac Day, 25 April,

is the most sa­cred day in the his­tory of our na­tion. On that day in 1915, mem­bers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp landed on a small sandy beach on the Gal­lipoli penin­sula, at the east­ern end of the Mediter­ranean Sea.

This day is to re­mem­ber those who were killed and in­jured in war in the ser­vice of their coun­try, re­flect on the fu­til­ity, de­struc­tion and hor­ror of war and work to­wards find­ing bet­ter al­ter­na­tives so as to make our world a bet­ter place to live.

“Death is amongst us all the time; but war killed our most bril­liant and ad­ven­tur­ous youth. Yet war has al­ways been part of hu­man ex­is­tence, and in the his­tory of mankind has been one of the main fac­tors in pro­duc­ing - out of the great at­tributes of courage, pa­tri­o­tism, com­rade­ship and dis­ci­pline - per­sonal and na­tional viril­ity. In­deed war, as ex­pressed in the An­zacs, marked the emer­gence of Aus­tralia and New Zealand as na­tions.”

– Sir Hud­son Fysh, co-founder of Qan­tas, who served in World War I and now rests in peace in St Judes Ceme­tery, Old North­ern Road, Du­ral

ODE OF RE­MEM­BRANCE

They shall not grow 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.

Our peace­keep­ers are serv­ing the na­tion in many parts of the world to­day: Afghanistan, East Ti­mor, Iraq, and Solomon Is­lands.

The Cas­tle Hill War Me­mo­rial, Old North­ern Road with its pool of Re­mem­brance, hon­ours the mem­ory of all who served the Na­tion.

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