Remembering our Anzac Day Heroes

Residents of Bonner and their children are encouraged to spend time on Anzac Day reflecting on the sacrifice servicemen and women have made and are currently making in defending Australia, the Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, said today.

Mr Vasta said the Anzac legend was born on 25 April 1915, when Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli. By the end of that day, 2000 soldiers lay dead or wounded.

Some eight months later, troops were evacuated without having achieved their original objective of capturing the Dardanelles. Tragically 8000 Australians had been killed.
“Those who served at Gallipoli founded a tradition of courage, tenacity and mateship that has continued to be shown by Australians who have served in subsequent conflicts,” Mr Vasta said.

“Although all the Anzacs have now passed on, the Anzac legend continues to shape Australia’s identity and character.”
Mr Vasta said it was important that Australians remembered all those who served and died – not just at Gallipoli, but in the two World Wars, in Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts and peace operations.

“Even today more than 3000 uniformed Defence personnel are serving across the globe, including 2 350 in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper. Furthermore, there are 400 troops in East Timor and 80 in the Solomon Islands and small numbers in the Sudan, Sinai and Egypt. These committed men and women are serving our nation and deserve our support.

“Anzac Day is our chance to let our servicemen and women – past and present – know that their service and sacrifice is remembered, appreciated and honoured.”

Bonner Local Anzac Day Services
Wynnum RSL
174 tingal Road, Wynnum
Monday 25th April
4:00am Assemble for dawn service
9:00am March starts, cnr Cedar & Bay Tces at Old Library
9:30am Wreath laying service

Manly-Lota RSL
184 Melville Terrace, Manly
Monday 25th April
4:00am Assemble for dawn service, Richard Russell Park
4.15am Commence dawn service
8:00am March begins, departing from Manly State School
8:30am Wreath laying service, Richard Russell Park

Holland Park/Mt Gravatt Sub Branch RSL
58 Arnold Street, Holland Park
Monday 25th April
7:30am Commence march from old post office, crn Barter and Logan Roads
7:50am Wreath laying service, 58 Arnold Street

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