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THIS year is a sig­nif­i­cant year – the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I.

Be­tween An­zac Day 1918 and the Ar­mistice in Novem­ber of the same year, many bat­tles were fought and many lives were lost or ir­repara­bly changed.

An­zac Day this year sig­nals ex­actly 100 years since the orig­i­nal Anzacs fought an in­tense bat­tle just north of the vil­lage of Villers-Bre­ton­neux, France as part of wider ef­forts to halt a Ger­man spring of­fen­sive which was threat­en­ing to win them the war.

The Anzacs won the bat­tle with high cost of life.

Com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia helped Villers-Bre­ton­neux to re­build af­ter the war, and the Aus­tralian Na­tional Memo­rial to those who fell in the con­flict stands on the Villers-Bre­ton­neux plateau.

To this day, the peo­ple of the town an­nu­ally ob­serve An­zac Day, and the school in the vil­lage bears the sim­ple mes­sage on the play­ground wall “Never for­get Aus­tralia”.

The Cen­te­nary of An­zac (2014-2018) is one of Aus­tralia’s most im­por­tant pe­ri­ods of na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Mark­ing 100 years since our in­volve­ment in World War I, the An­zac Cen­te­nary is a time to hon­our the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of our orig­i­nal Anzacs, and the gen­er­a­tions of Aus­tralian ser­vice­men and women who have de­fended our val­ues and free­dom, in wars, con­flicts and peace op­er­a­tions through­out a Cen­tury of Ser­vice.

The lo­cal Naval As­so­ci­a­tion will hold the an­nual An­zac Day mem­o­ra­bilia stands at IGA and Mary­land Street for one week lead­ing up to An­zac Day.

Many new items are avail­able, all that help us to re­mem­ber the ser­vice of all Aus­tralian mil­i­tary per­son­nel and civil­ians in all the­atres of war since the be­gin­ning of World War I.

From an Aus­tralian flag to wave on An­zac Day to lim­ited edi­tion bronze stat­ues or WWI bears, we can all find some­thing to re­mem­ber their ser­vice with.

PHOTO: FILE

BACK: Rus­sell Pet­tis and Brian Berry. FRONT: For­mer South­ern Downs MP Lawrence Spring­borg, Rear Ad­mi­ral Michael Noo­nan, He­len and Norm Gale and Com­man­der Mark McConnell in Weeroona Park.

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