Sign of re­spect

Wanneroo Weekender - - Anzac Day 2017 -

Or­gan­is­ers said more than 2000 peo­ple at­tended the later event, where vet­er­ans marched with TS Marmion Aus­tralian Naval Cadets, Yanchep Po­lice, Two Rocks Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Group, Yanchep Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue, Two Rocks Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Bri­gade, Red Cross, CWA, Two Rocks Yanchep Emer­gency Scouts and Yanchep Redhawks Ju­nior Foot­ball Club.

In his speech, sub-branch pres­i­dent Rolly Sweet talked about the Aus­tralian and New Zealand troops that landed at Gal­lipoli 102 years ago.

“Mil­i­tar­ily, the op­er­a­tion was a fail­ure,” he said.

“But we now con­sider that the Gal­lipoli cam­paign was the first time that men from all states of Aus­tralia had lived, fought and died as Aus­tralians; pre­vi­ously ac­tions we took part in were on a state by state ba­sis.

“It forged the An­zac spirit and helped de­fine what it means to be Aus­tralian. It was also the ba­sis of our strong re­la­tion­ship with New Zealand, which per­sists to this day.”

He said by 1919, Aus­tralians had fought in many other bat­tles and ev­ery fam­ily in the coun­try had been af­fected.

“We are here to ex­press our grat­i­tude and give thanks for the sac­ri­fices made by all our ser­vice men and women from that war and all the con­flicts since,” he said. “They served so valiantly to give us the life and free­doms we en­joy to­day.”

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