Last year we commemorated the final year of The Centenary of ANZAC 2014 which came be seen as Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. It marked 100 years since our involvement in the First World War. The ANZAC Centenary was a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of Service.
“Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.“
– Australian War Memorial Director Doctor Brendan Nelson.
Anzac Day 2019 marked 104 years since that fateful battle at Gallipoli. The Club has commemorated this day since 1957 with a Dawn Service held in Cabravale Memorial Park. Members and community joined together to pay tribute and remember those who have served their country. The ceremony follows the traditional order of service including a Commemorative Address, wreath laying, hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.
This year over 1500 people attended a reverent and moving service in memory of those who were involved in that campaign and all wars that followed. In excess of 75 wreaths were laid in memory of our many families sons and daughters and our local community organisations. The Club was fortunate to have as the guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bunn Australian Army 142 Signal Corps.
Thank you to all those involved on the day from the Fairfield City Council , Fairfield SES, local Police command, 142 Signal Squadron, Cabra Vale Diggers Ladies Auxiliary, the hospitality taster course catering volunteers, Blacktown City Pipe Band, St Johns Ambulance and the combined choir of 30 students from Wakerley’s Mary McKillop Catholic College and Fairfield’s Patrician Brothers. They sung the hymns and the National Anthems of Australia and New Zealand.
The Dawn Service offers us the time to reflect on those sacrifices made by so many, that give us the peace we hold so dearly today.
Lest we forget