| April 20, 2020

Take time to reflect this Anzac Day - Letter to the Editor

Anzac Day and its commemoration is just as important this year as it has ever been.

While we can’t gather together and pay our respects at our local shrines and RSLs, we can still take the time to stop and reflect on the sacrifices that were made some 105 years ago.

Like many across our communities, I will rise before the sun this Anzac Day and at 6am will stand at the end of my driveway for a moment’s silence to remember those who fought for us.

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 the family today as recognition for his contributions in the war.

This isn’t the first time that Australians have been unable to gather for Anzac Day ceremonies. In 1919 some towns cancelled Anzac Day ceremonies due to the risks posed by the influenza epidemic. This only tells us that the ceremonies and commemorative events will return next year, as they did in 1920 and as they have for over a century.  

On Saturday, we remember those who served, those who lost their lives, those who serve today and the families who support them.

The freedoms we enjoy today as a nation are due to the extraordinary sacrifice of our past generations.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Emma Kealy MP

The Nationals Member for Lowan

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