Honour­ing our His­tory on An­zac Day

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Political News - by Ju­lian Leeser MP

This An­zac Day - all Aus­tralians would have rightly re­flected on the self­less­ness, strength and sac­ri­fice of those who have served our na­tion. We take time to pause and pay trib­ute to the more than 1.5 mil­lion ser­vice men and women who have de­fended our coun­try in con­flicts past and present and we hon­our the more than 100,000 who have sac­ri­ficed their lives for Australia.

2018 marks the fi­nal year of the An­zac Cen­te­nary, com­mem­o­rat­ing the First World War. A cen­tury since our Forces’ fa­mous vic­tory at Villers-Bre­ton­neoux, since our Dig­gers made his­tory at Hamel, since Sir Monash moved on Mont St Quentin, since Australia and the Al­lies broke the Stale­mate and achieved Armistice. In re­flect­ing and recog­nis­ing on the tragedies and tri­umphs of 1918, we can all be proud of the coura­geous con­tri­bu­tion made by that past great gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralians. We hon­our the story of their sac­ri­fice, the courage of their con­vic­tions and the le­gacy of their loss. We al­low the An­zac Cen­te­nary to in­spire us, just as it in­spires the men and women who wear with the pride the uni­forms of the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, Aus­tralian Army and Royal Aus­tralian Air Force to­day.

Through­out this fi­nal year of An­zac Cen­te­nary, I’ll be re­flect­ing on the le­gacy of lo­cal con­tri­bu­tions to con­flict, par­tic­u­larly the First World War. Men like Pri­vate Elmer Mot­ter from Glen­haven, who sus­tained fa­tal shrap­nel wounds dur­ing the Bat­tle of Mont St Quentin 100 years ago. Sol­diers like Sergeant Al­wyn Black from Glenorie, who died on the Western Front a cen­tury ago af­ter be­ing hit by shell fire. Dig­gers from Du­ral like Pri­vate John Hunt, who lost his life when shot while on a wiring mis­sion in No Man’s Land. They all gave their lives so past, present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Aus­tralians could live theirs.

To all the men and women, past and present, who have served our coun­try and worn our na­tion’s uni­form, we thank you. We hon­our you not just on An­zac Day — but on all days where Aus­tralians are able to live their lives with free­dom and for­tune be­cause of your self­less ser­vice.

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