Community facilities | April 26, 2017

Kealy praises locals who paid tribute at ANZAC services

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has praised locals and paid tribute to past and present servicemen and women at ANZAC Day services across the Lowan Electorate.

“I attended the Horsham Dawn Service and the Hamilton Commemorative Service and it was fantastic to see so many locals taking time out of their day to attend ANZAC day ceremonies.” Ms Kealy said.

“It is heartening to see increasing numbers of people, especially our younger generations, attending ANZAC services paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedom and lifestyle we do”, she said.

Over a century ago, when Australia was only 14 years old, more than 400,000 young men and women from a population of less than 5 million were called upon to leave behind their family and friends and cross the sea to serve their country.

Of these more than 60,000 made the ultimate sacrifice, with 156,000 wounded, gassed or taken prisoner.

“I am proud that my Great Grandfather fought for our country in World War II in the 8th Light Horse Regiment. The fob watch gifted to him by the Apsley community remains a cherished keepsake in our family as recognition for his contribution in the war”, Ms Kealy said.

“ANZAC Day gives us the opportunity to remember all those who have served our country during times of conflict and crisis, and to reflect on their selfless sacrifice and courage to ensure our freedom”, she said.

The Liberals-Nationals Government recently announced that they would ban the holding of property auctions on Anzac Day prior to 1pm.

“Anzac Day is a time of solemn commemoration and the Liberal Nationals will not allow anyone to openly disrespect this important time of remembrance”, Ms Kealy said.

“Like so many other things in Victoria, Daniel Andrews promised to fix this two years ago and has not lifted a finger since. Daniel Andrews has refused to ban these disrespectful auctions, so the Liberal Nationals will”, she said.

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