A time to reflect an honour those who have served, currently serve, and those who will serve in our Armed Forces to protect our great Nation.
It is not so much a time for rememberance - after all, November 11 is set aside each day to remember the fallen in all combat.
No, today we honour our Diggers - particularly remembered are those who served at Gallipoli. It was our first conflict as a new Nation. Federation was barely 14years old. We, as a nation, had a new flag - which still serves us gallantly now. The Australian spirit and national character was forged upon that treacherous beach, where our boys fought and died - along with our Kiwi mates. Aussie soldiers fought at many other battlefields, but this one place has become the focus of commemoration by today's generation.
It is a time to show respect to those men and women who served in all conflicts and made this country the safe, open and free place that it is.
It is a time to show respect to those men and women who currently serve in our armed forces, putting themselves at risk to protect our country and others.
It is a time to show respect to the next generation of soldiers, for their desire to follow in their footsteps, no matter how hard the road.
A.N.Z.A.C. Day - 25 April 2010
LEST WE FORGET