| April 24, 2018
COMMEMORATING ANZAC DAY LOCALLY
The Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum is encouraging the Murray community to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation on Anzac Day 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the last year of the First World War.
Mr Drum says more than 20 services will be held across the Murray electorate and is encouraging everyone to attend a local service.
“Anzac Day is one of the most important dates of the commemorative calendar.”
“In this final year of the Anzac Centenary, it is important to pay tribute to the more than 50,000 Australians who fought in Gallipoli in 1915, where the Anzac legend was born, and those who served with honour in all theatres of war,” Mr Drum said.
“On Anzac Day, I encourage locals to take a moment to reflect and recognise the courage shown by men and women who have served our nation and defended our interests so that we can enjoy the many freedoms we have today.”
“The lasting effects of the First World War were felt throughout regional Australia with many families losing loved ones. There is a story of a family that had seven brothers from a small town in South Australia fight in the Great War, with only one brother returning. Stories like this show the tragedies felt by many during war times,” Mr Drum said.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester said since the first convoy of servicemen left the shores of Albany in 1914, almost two million men and women have worn with pride the uniforms of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force. On Anzac Day, we remember them.
“Across Australia and around the world, Australians will attend services to salute the bravery, mateship and sacrifice of the men and women who have served for more than a century.
“We also recognise the many service men and women who are currently serving overseas. We owe our service personnel an immeasurable amount of thanks and I encourage all Australians to participate in Anzac Day commemorations to acknowledge those who have served and continue to serve our country,” Minister Chester said.
Occasions such as Anzac Day can be difficult for some veterans and their families. Those affected can call the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service which is available 24 hours a day on 1800 011 046.