ANZAC Day Message - The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien
On Wednesday 25 April, communities in Gippsland will gather to remember and honour those who served our great nation – those who gave their lives, who returned home from war ill or maimed, and those who live with the terrible memories of their service experiences.
ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
It was during this World War 1 campaign that the spirit of ANZAC, with its qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, was born.
It is with pride that I say that the same ANZAC spirit is alive today. We see it in our day-to-day lives in the community, in our emergency services, volunteer organisations and on sporting grounds around the nation.
I encourage Gippslanders to consider the families whose loved ones have never returned from war or conflict and spare a thought for the personal sacrifice they are now enduring.
As the Shadow Minister for Veterans it is also important to remember and honour those who have served our nation and the many among them who struggle with the consequences in our society today.
On ANZAC Day I encourage you to join with me in commemorating those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we hold so dear today.
CAPTION: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien will attend the Leongatha dawn service on April 25 before traveling to Melbourne for the march in his new role as Shadow Minister for Veterans.