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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.
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.