Epping RSL sub-Branch President’s Message, April-May 2017
With the approach of ANZAC Day, the solemnity of a Dawn Service, the associated Marches and parades that will be the focus of attention of many in the cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand as well as centres across the World and at the frontline, wherever Australians and New Zealanders are found, we will all be participants in a commemoration that is part of history and national ceremony of Australians and New Zealanders.
Anzac Day will always have a special place in our hearts for that service commemorates the time now more than a century ago, of the Anzacs landing on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. We will remember the young Australians who left our shores at that time; a part of our nation’s active contribution to the allied forces that were raised to crush the aggressor, that force that had world domination as its agenda.
The battle at ANZAC COVE in Turkey in 1915 was but the beginning of even larger and bloodier battles later at the Western Front in Belgium and France, which resulted in carnage on a scale never believed possible; a holocaust that would prevail until 1918.
On Anzac Day, we also remember with empathy those Australian families that have born the sadness of loss of loved ones in the WW2, Korea and Vietnam Wars and the many who have served in the peace keeping deployments since then especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whilst the RSL Motto is “The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance” we know from history that the price of freedom to enjoy a peaceful life in which we can achieve our aspirations, work and enjoy our families is bought with many Aussies that, in the line of duty, have foregone their tomorrows that we can have our todays.
Appreciate your Anzac Day, a Dawn Service or an Anzac Breakfast and revel in the camaraderie of the day. Enjoy the love of family and friends at a gathering, renew the bond of mateship at an Anzac march or association gathering but spare a thought for those that did not come home, many of whom lie in foreign lands, and who would enjoy such a reunion of mates.
John K Curdie OAM