Lest We Forget

May 4, 2012

Anzac Day Prologue
The Prologue, which was presented by RSL Sub-branch President, David Young was well received by those attending the Anzac Service. See below.

On Sunday, April 25, 1915 the first Anzacs landed at Gallipoli. Today, Australians pause to remember and honour the men and women who have served and sacrificed in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

From the First and Second World Wars, the Korean, Vietnam and in twenty six other conflicts and operations to date, including Iraq and Afghanistan, the ANZAC tradition and spirit, forged at Gallipoli, continues to permeate our society today. These characteristics of courage, endurance, integrity and mateship are evident in our current defence personnel and in our youth.

Every year we see younger Australians embracing our commemorative traditions and participating in marches and ceremonies next to our ex-service men and women. With this union, we can be assured that ANZAC Day will continue to hold an important place within our nation.

On this day, we remember the sacrifice of such men for an ideal, for a way of life. Let us take strength in the knowledge and hope that our sons and daughters will never forget the example set by their forefathers. In our everyday life let us endeavour to carry on those traditions established in the past wars and conflicts at such tragic cost.

We think of every man, woman and child who, in those crucial years, died so that the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine. We nurture too the obligation of showing gratitude for the peace we enjoy and the responsibility of ensuring that the freedom and liberty so costly won, is not lost by our own indifferences. It is not too much to ask, and so easy to give.

So let us mourn with pride, but let us also remember with equal pride, those who served and still live.

“See that ye hold fast to the heritage we leave you. Yea, and teach your children that never in the coming centuries may their hearts fail or hands grow weak.”

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