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AnzacDay “I have wept over my great uncle’s grave at Lone Pine. His sacrifice, and that of so many others, was extraordinary.” Peter Winneke, Myer Family Company

“As a young boy in Braybrook I used to love wearing my fathers medals to school for this very special school tribute to our Diggers . My nick name as a kid was Digger, given to me by my father’s 39th Battalion colleagues when visiting me on my birth Some people still call me that but it was only after my fathers funeral in 2001 upon the outlining of my fathers heroics by the RSL that I then realised privileged I was to have been called Digger.” Les Twentyman, Youth Worker, 20th Man Fund “As an ex-Australian Army Officer, the meaning of ANZAC day resonates closely with me. The service men and women of Australian and New Zealand showed immeasurable courage as they served for their countries and we honour their legacy by teaching young people the value of service. ANZAC Day is also about remembering the compassion, resilience, integrity and responsibility embodied by those who lost their lives.” Ben Farinazzo, Outward Bound Australia CEO “My introduction to Anzac Day was as a young boy, attending the Anzac Day Dawn Ceremony with my Father in Barmera, followed by visiting my Grandfather’s grave. My Father, Dave Yeo, was an Anzac in the 2nd World War and always proudly wore his Returned Serviceman’s badge on every coat in his possession. My Grandfather, John Yeo, was killed in World War 1. Some of my best football was played when I was lucky enough to play on Anzac Day for Port Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval. My Coach in those days was the legendary Fos Williams, who played State football with my Father – Fos always gave the most stirring pre match motivational addresses on these days, proudly stating how lucky we were being able to play, because of our courageous and fearless Anzac fore-fathers. These days, via www. & www.SpinalInjuryAdvocacy. com, I regularly assist Anzacs who have been injured in war zones and become People with a Disability. Helping these brave men and women gives me so much sense of satisfaction. Whenever I can, I attend an Anzac Day Service every year.” Peter Yeo President: Chairman: Honorary Director: “The World’s Disability Search Engine”, “ANZAC day is important to us and we spend time talking to our children explaining what sacrifices our diggers made to allow us to live in this beautiful country. If we don’t educate our children then there is a risk we won’t remember and that would be a tragedy.” Mandy and Stewart Gerhardy, Kapunda, SA “Anzac Day is about reflection and the sacrifice made by our men and women from both Australia and New Zealand who payed the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of their country. Anzac Day defines us as Australians who value courage and determination and embodies our spirit. Anzac Day is also about education of the next generations of Australians who shall acknowledge the sacrifice made by their parents and grandparents for the country we now live in. Lest we forget.” Robert Scott, Margaret River RSL Secretary

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“ANZAC Day is the one time of the year when we pause to remember those who gave their lives for the way of life we enjoy today. The statement: ‘They gave their tomorrow for our today’ is very true.” Bill Denny AM, Director, Veterans SA

“ANZAC Day is a time when we can reflect on the spirit of Australia and Australians. This is demonstrated by the courage, endurance and mateship of our defence corps. This is also core to Surf Life Saving, and I am sadly reminded of the many surf lifesavers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving in our defence corps over the last century, protecting our liberty and lifestyle. ANZAC also highlights the special relationship we have with our New Zealand cousins.” Surf Life Saving Australia CEO Brett Williamson OAM “When I think about ANZAC day I think about the life I have been given, the freedom I have. On ANZAC day I believe it’s a time to recognise the selflessness of the ANZACS who gave us this amazing freedom and life we have today. We have been given a life with minimal problems and amazing opportunities and I believe its only fair we give them some of our time to look back and remember what they gave there lives for and cherish what they have given us. Giving them one day a year doesn’t seem enough after their sacrifices.” Aaron Younger, Australian Men’s Water Polo team “A strong nation learns valuable lessons from its past. We are a very different country to what we were in 1915, but the lessons of courage in adversity, loyalty, compassion, endurance, initiative, tenacity and mateship that we learned at Gallipoli remain as relevant to our nation today as they were on that very first ANZAC Day.” The Hon Jack Snelling MP, South Australia’s Minister for Veterans’ Affairs “ Anzac Day has grown in stature over the last decade and the question is why? From my perspective part of the reason is that Australia’s youth have endeavoured to understand the value and roots of Anzac Day, this country and themselves in the process and that answers questions for them. Rasa and I go to the Dawn Service each year in Melbourne re pleased to see that amongst the 30,000 participants, at least half are under the age of thirty.” John Bertrand AM “Since I retired 26 years go, I look at the rollup on Anzac Day and wonder how long is it before the Second World War is no longer represented. My group, which I first led in 1992 with more than 200 behind me. In 2011, 12 answered the call. But my main thoughts every time I attend remembrance is for the lives lost in my company. I have sharp memories of the battles fought and the lives lost and trust all Australians will honour the legacy of those who have give the ultimate sacrifice.” George White 31/51 AIB (AIR) Plympton RSL “ANZAC Day is both a time when we pause and reflect upon military service to our nation and an opportunity for all Australians to engage with their history. This one day a year is a precious national event shared by all Australians.” Dr Mark Merry, Principal, Yarra Valley Grammar School, Melbourne Victoria

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“It is easy to understand the meaning of ANZAC Day, when we remember those who have served and fallen in war. What is not easy to comprehend is the waste and mass violence that still continues today. As well as remembering, let’s hope we focus on ridding the world of war, so those we remember have not died in vain.” Ron Barassi, AM “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia holds a treasure trove of material related to ANZAC Day; from films and photographs, to glass slides and diaries. It is through these artefacts that one can gain a deeper understanding of the real meaning of the ANZAC story - the sacrifice and the struggle, the heroism and the loss, the courage and the mateship. For a better understanding of, and wider access to, these treasures, we come to a deeper affirmation of why this day defines so much of what it means to be ‘Australian’.” Professor Chris Puplick, AO Chair, National Film and Sound Archive “As we celebrate Anzac Day, we remember all those who have suffered and died in war, It is also a time to speak up about the urgent need to safeguard the laws of war, which protect the victims of armed conflict. In memory of all victims of armed conflict, we call upon nation states to uphold and defend the existing laws of war, and to work together to reinforce legal protections for all people made vulnerable by armed violence.” Australian Red Cross CEO, Robert Tickner “The Anzac landing at Gallipoli at dawn on 25 April 1915 was the beginning of an Australian legend. It is sometimes seen as Australia’s ‘baptism of fire’, or ‘the birth of nationhood’. Scotch College embraces many of the characteristics shown by Australian and New Zealand troops during the ultimately unsuccessful Gallipoli campaign, such as patriotism, courage and concern for one’s fellow man.” Tim Shearer, Executive Director, Old Scotch (Vic) Collegians’ Association “Anzac Day celebrates neither success nor a failure, neither a victory nor a defeat. It celebrates human qualities, qualities of courage and sacrifice and comradeship. We give thanks to the men and women and for the qualities they stood for and stood by.” Matthew Hutchison, Head of School, St Augustine’s College, Sydney “To the members of the VVMC Federal Chapter the approach of ANZAC Day signals the opportunity to get together with other Veterans, from all conflicts. It allows us to spread ourselves to many country towns The event is much looked forward to as we are able to remember and reinforce why we have a strong service camaraderie that has developed over the last hundred years by our predecessors and indeed ourselves through our own service time. It also allows us to associate with and cultivate ongoing relations with the many people we meet. The strength of the ANZAC movement seems to be stronger, with many of today’s younger generation embracing the tradition, and we are pleased to do our part in this ongoing ceremony.” Dimples Sheargold, VVMC Federal Chapter

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The Last Post magazine - Autumn 2012 - Anzac Day Special  

The Last Post magazine - Autumn 2012 - Anzac Day Special

The Last Post magazine - Autumn 2012 - Anzac Day Special  

The Last Post magazine - Autumn 2012 - Anzac Day Special