Anzac values shine through
MUCH has changed in the 102 years since the battle of Gallipoli in which thousands of Australians and New Zealanders were killed.
However, the common values of “courage”, “mateship”, “respect”, “devotion to duty” and “Anzac spirit” rang as true on Anzac Day in Airlie Beach as they did during the conflict.
This is what Division 1 Councillor Jan Clifford had to say as she addressed the Airlie Beach Anzac Day parade at the Rock of Remembrance.
“Anzac Day allows us to reflect on these words and what they mean to each of us and how the Anzac spirit is relevant today,” she said, noting these were values reflected widely in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie over the past four weeks in which the Whitsunday community bound together and helped those most in need.
“You have persevered in the face of cyclones, floods, drought, disease and you have risen above it all to continue to fight the good fight today,” Cr Clifford told those gathered at the Rock of Remembrance.
RSL Airlie sub-branch president Terry Brown said despite the cyclone’s
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devastating effects, the Whitsunday community’s resolve to honour the Anzacs was stronger than ever.
“Our visitors will notice that our normally pristine Whitsundays looks a little bruised and battered at the moment,” he said.
“However, just like the service men and women we are commemorating, our community spirit has and will continue to shine through.”
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan also paid his respects to the defence force, noting its work overseas, and in “our own backyard” during the recent cyclone’s aftermath.
“Seeing our diggers and their colleagues from the RAN off the coast fills people with hope, for without hope what have we got?” he said.
Mr Costigan acknowledged the New Zealand community in attendance, with whom Australians shared a special bond.
“The two great nations combined to give us the Anzac legend, so thank you for being here our brothers in arms,” he said.
The Anzac parade attracted a large gathering, including a strong turn-out of students from Proserpine state and high schools, St Catherine’s Catholic College,
PRIDE: The Airlie Beach community took to Main Street in good spirits for the Anzac Day march.