98 years on from the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on the beach at Gallipoli, our community paused yesterday to reflect on the meaning of that day.
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most spiritual occasions. It is a time to reflect and remember all of the brave men and women who served their country in times of conflict.
The dawn service at Sydney’s Martin Place was a solemn and holy gathering as dedicated Australians flocked together in the chilling cold, to witness soldiers, dignitaries, family and friends pay their respects.
Thousands then stayed on for the Anzac Day march at 9am from Martin Place to Hyde Park.
Senator for New South Wales, Bill Heffernan, said Anzac Day was Australia’s annual opportunity to give thanks for those who served, and continue to serve, their nation.
“Anzac Day is our nation’s day of thanks for all those who have worn, and who wear today, our nation’s uniform.”
“More than one million Australians have served their nation since the formation of the Australian Defence Forces last century, including many, many locals from this region. Anzac Day is their day and our nation’s opportunity to show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”
Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in 1915; it is a day when we remember the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and women from every conflict, past and present.
“They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”