ANZAC Day 2017
For over a century, Australia’s Defence personnel have contributed to every major conflict, fighting for our freedoms and values. From the Boer War, to our troops still serving around the world, Aussie servicemen and women have become world renowned for their bravery, sacrifice and skill.
In 2017, we continue to mark the century of service and sacrifice of the First World War. In particular, The Third Battle of Ypres, which was the major Flanders offensive of 1917. Australian Divisions participated in the battles of Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcapelle and the First Battle of Passchendaele. Over 38,000 Australian casualties were incurred in this offensive.
We also remember the Charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba a century ago - a strategic victory that has become the stuff of legend as a symbol of Aussie bravery and skill in battle.
This year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of some major events in the Second World War. We must never forget the tragic loss of life during the bombing of Darwin and the fall of Singapore and Malaya, but also the decisive contribution of our troops to the battle of the Coral Sea, Milne Bay, Midway and Kokoda.
We must also acknowledge the 70th anniversary of Australia’s peacekeepers, who have served in dangerous conflict zones around the world.
Risking their lives on the front alongside our troops, the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) served with compassion, kindness and distinction. They witnessed the horrific aftermath of war up close, and provided our soldiers with great care and comfort in hospital.
I hope you enjoy reading my 2017 ANZAC Day commemorative newsletter and trust you will enjoy reading the stories of our local heroes.