RSL sub branch pres­i­dent un­veils plans for An­zac day in Charleville

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­orge Dono­hue Pres­i­dent Charleville RSL Sub-branch

THIS year’s An­zac Day marks the 103rd an­niver­sary of the be­gin­ning of the First World War.

It is also the 102nd an­niver­sary that com­mem­o­rates the land­ing of Aus­tralian and New Zealand troops at Gal­lipoli on April 25, 1915, and An­zac Day also com­mem­o­rates Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in all theatres of war and con­flicts.

This year is also the 100th an­niver­sary of the Aus­tralian Lighthorse suc­cess­ful charge on Beer­sheba.

The Charleville RSL Sub-branch will be con­duct­ing the Dawn Ser­vice at 5.15am at the Ceno­taph in the Town Hall Park, and this will be fol­lowed by the Gun­fire Break­fast at the RSL Club.

The morn­ing march will start at 9.40am, but all those march­ing will have to as­sem­ble at 9.20am in Al­fred St, near the His­toric House.

The morn­ing ser­vice at the Ceno­taph will be­gin at 10am, fol­lowed by din­ner at the Club at 12.30 pm. At about 2pm, two-up will be played, and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are also wel­come to play.

On Mon­day at 9.30am, the sub-branch will be plac­ing flags and pop­pies on the graves of over 180 de­ceased veter­ans at the lo­cal ceme­tery.

To en­sure that we don’t miss any graves, fam­i­lies mem­bers of the veter­ans and any­body else who would like to as­sist, are wel­come.

An­zac Day, April 25, is prob­a­bly Aus­tralia’s most im­por­tant na­tional oc­ca­sion.

It marks the first ma­jor mil­i­tary ac­tion fought by Aus­tralian and New Zealand forces dur­ing the First World War.

“An­zac” stands for Aus­tralian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The sol­diers in those forces quickly be­came known as An­zacs, and the pride they took in that name en­dures to this day.

Al­though the Gal­lipoli cam­paign failed in its mil­i­tary ob­jec­tives of cap­tur­ing Con­stantino­ple and knock­ing Turkey out of the war, the Aus­tralian and New Zealand ac­tions dur­ing the cam­paign be­queathed an in­tan­gi­ble but pow­er­ful le­gacy.

The cre­ation of what be­came known as the “An­zac Leg­end” be­came an im­por­tant part of both na­tions.

This shaped the ways they viewed both their past and fu­ture.

“The An­zac Leg­end is not of sweep­ing mil­i­tary vic­to­ries so much as tri­umphs against the odds, of courage and in­ge­nu­ity and ad­ver­sity,” Mr Dono­hue said.

“It is a leg­end of free and in­de­pen­dent spir­its whose dis­ci­pline de­rived less from mil­i­tary for­mal­i­ties and cus­toms than from the bonds of mate­ship and the de­mands of ne­ces­sity.”

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