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ADF cadets honour the ANZACs.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Teresa Gambaro, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence PARLSEC 030/05 Monday, 25 April 2005 ADF CADETS HONOUR THE ANZACS Thousands of young Australians from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Cadets will honour our ANZAC heroes when they take part in marches and ceremonies on Monday, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Teresa Gambaro said today. ANZAC Day is a major highlight for all Navy, Army or Air Force Cadets, as they help open the gates of memory to reveal a spirit remembered, cherished and rededicated on this most special day in our nation’s life. Across Australia, ADF Cadets will wear their uniforms with pride and take part in a number of activities ranging from attending dawn services, participating in local RSL club services and catafalque parties, providing honour guards, carrying banners in parades and providing refreshments to ex-Service personnel at functions. In addition, Cadet Band units will provide music for some parades and services. "ANZAC Day will always be a day for the diggers, but as our servicemen and women from WWI and WWII decrease in numbers, Cadets taking part in marches and services across the country are able to commemorate their sacrifices in an evocative way,” Ms Gambaro said. “The spirit of ANZAC is something with which most Australians can identify, and this is particularly so for these young Cadets, who are taught the value of teamwork, friendship, self-discipline, respect and a spirit of adventure - the very qualities of the ANZACs. “ Ms Gambaro said it was essential to broaden these young leaders’ minds through meaningful and relevant experiences. Participating in national ceremonial events like ANZAC Day is all part of that experience. The Australian Defence Force Cadets is a partnership between Defence and the community that provides adventurous training for young people aged between 12 ½ and 20 years. As a leading youth development organisation, ADF Cadets aspires to be recognised as developing young people with a sense of purpose, responsibility, leadership ability and a commitment to voluntary service. There are some 25,000 Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets and 2,500 Cadet Staff in 489 units across Australia. ENDS Media information: Michelle Smytheman (07) 3283 4277, 02 6277 4433 or 0418 777498