Thursday, 25 April saw a great crowd in attendance at Revesby Workers’ Club commemorating ANZAC Day.
10.30am saw a March from the Bankstown YMCA to the Cenotaph at Revesby Workers’ Club, followed by a moving service and tribute to the fallen. Members and guests were then treated to an ANZAC Day BBQ, a few drinks and then a friendly game of Two-Up in the Whitlam Theatre.
Below is an extract from the service that sums up the meaning of ANZAC Day, and why this day represents our stoic determination for peace.
“Anzac Day is the solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915.
In the years since, the men and women who put themselves forward to defend their county, our country and their loved ones, our loved ones, have known sacrifice just as great. Today they are still volunteers who answer the call of their country to serve selflessly.
In our time, our duty is to guard the legacy of the sacrifice and service of every man and woman who defends us, our freedom and our values.
On their return to Australia and to their families, we must ensure that the values and principles they fought to defend are not eroded.
As a nation we must ensure that the foundations of our freedom, such as the rule of law and the presumption of innocence, are extended to them.
The men and women of our Australian Defence Force – from those stationed in Australia to the SAS and all of those brave men and women who serve in Special Operations Command abroad – deserve nothing less
Today we remember the service and sacrifice of all men and women who have fought for us.
Those who bear physical and psychological wounds as a result of their service to our nation and the families who love and support them;
It is only on the back of their legacy that we enjoy peace.”
Lest we forget.