Ross Vasta MP

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said the local community would pause on Anzac Day to honour the service and sacrifice of all Australian men and women who have served in defence of our country.

Mr Vasta said the following services and marches would be held in Bonner:

Bayside National Service Association
6:10am: Service commences at Memorial at Darling Point-Lower Esplanade, Manly.

Manly-Lota RSL Sub-Branch
4:15am: Dawn Service commences, followed by Gun Fire Breakfast at the Hall (184 Melville Tce, Manly).
8:00am: Street March commences outside Manly State School (63 Ernest St, Manly) and is followed by the ANZAC Day service at Richard Russell Park, Cambridge Pde, Manly.

Wynnum RSL Sub-Branch
5:00am: Dawn Service commences at Wynnum RSL car park (174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum).
9:00am: March commences from Corner of Bay Tce and Cedar St.
9:30am: Wreath laying ceremony commences at conclusion of March in the RSL car park.

Holland Park-Mt Gravatt RSL Sub-Branch

6:30am: Muster at the corner of Logan Rd and Barter Ave, Holland Park.
6:50am: March commences (walking to Memorial Site, 58 Arnold St, Holland Park).
7:15am: Commemorative Service commences at Memorial Site, 58 Arnold St, Holland Park.

Mr Vasta said Anzac Day was one of the most important dates in our calendar.

“More than 50,000 Australians are estimated to have fought in the Gallipoli campaign, where some 8,700 lost their lives and almost 18,000 were wounded,” Mr Vasta said.

“On Anzac Day, I encourage Australians to take a moment and reflect on the brave men and women who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations.

“I encourage everyone to attend a service on Anzac Day, or take time to pause, reflect and remember those who have served and those who have given their lives for our country.

“We are forever grateful to the men and women, past and present, who have served in our Army, Navy and Air Force.

“This year also marks the centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt in France, the Battle of Messines, the Battle of Polygon Wood and the Battle of Beersheeva, as well as the 75th anniversaries of the Fall of Singapore, the Bombing of Darwin and the Kokoda campaign — they are all important events from our history that this nation will never forget.

Mr Vasta said any current or former Australian Defence Force personnel who was affected by Anzac Day should contact the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, which provides free and confidential counselling 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

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