Anzac val­ues shine through

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wilson ja­cob.wilson@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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

❝to It’s get­ting be so mas­sive. When we are out here look­ing out at the wa­ter and the wreaths, this is a beau­ti­ful sight. — Bill Rose

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,

PHOTO: SHARON SMALLWOOD

PRIDE: The Air­lie Beach com­mu­nity took to Main Street in good spir­its for the Anzac Day march.

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