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REMEMBERING OUR ANZAC HEROES

Thursday, 4 May 2006

REMEMBERING OUR ANZAC HEROES

"Anzac Day provides all Australians with the opportunity to reflect on the great sacrifices our servicemen and women have made in defending the Australia we enjoy today.

Residents of Tangney are encouraged to spend time on Anzac Day reflecting on the sacrifice that these people have made for all Australians. We owe a great debt to these people". Federal Member for Tangney Dr Dennis Jensen said today.

Dr Jensen said the Anzac legend was born on 25 April 1915, when Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli. By the end of that day, some 2000 soldiers lay dead or wounded.

Eight months later, troops were evacuated without having achieved their original objective of capturing the Dardanelles. 8000 Australians had been killed

"It was on the shores of Gallipoli that the word Anzac came to symbolise courage, endurance, humour, mateship and resilience in the face of adversity.

These words form the foundation of the Australian nation we know and enjoy today. On 25 April, Anzac Day, we remember our Anzacs and all that the word Anzac stands for.

Dr Jensen said" it was important that Australians remembered all those who served and died - not just at Gallipoli, but in the two World Wars, in Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts and peace operations."

It is also important to remember those Australians who are currently serving around the world, following in the footsteps of our original Anzacs. "

“Even today Australians are serving across the globe, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are members of the defence force currently deployed in operations overseas including the rebuilding of Iraq, providing assistance in the Solomon Islands

and supporting peacekeeping efforts in East Timor."

“Sadly all the Anzacs have now passed away, however the Anzac legend continues to

shape Australia’s identity and character.”

"Today is our chance to honour our servicemen and women - past and present - and let them know that their service is remembered, appreciated and honoured."