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Media release

KEEPING THE ANZAC TRADITION ALIVE

Friday, 21 April 2006

NSW Nationals Senator Fiona Nash is encouraging young people to take part in this year’s Anzac Day commemorations ensuring the memory of the Anzac legend remains in the minds of all Australians for generations to come.

Senator Nash said education among younger Australians is important to keeping the Anzac tradition strong and the stories and contributions of those who have served alive.

“It is now 91 years since Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli, but the courage and sacrifices of those servicemen should never be forgotten,” Senator Nash said.

“The tradition forged on the Gallipoli peninsula of valor and mateship has been carried on among the men and women who have served Australia during wars, conflicts and peace operations since World War I, and it is important to stop and commemorate our troops, many of whom lost their lives or were injured.”

Senator Nash said it was equally important to take time to reflect on the work being undertaken by Australians currently serving.

“Australians continue to serve our country proudly around the globe. This Anzac Day we should all call to mind those currently serving, particularly those recently deployed to the Solomon Islands.”

For further information on Anzac Day log on to: www.dva.gov.au

This year, Senator Nash will attend the Dawn Service in Young at 6am and the morning service in Crowther at 10am.

Media contact: Julie Siegert 0429 818 600