TIM HAMMOND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES
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ANZAC DAY CEREMONY, MERTOME VILLAGE
We gather at this time of year to honour the memory of those courageous men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. All across Australia and overseas, ceremonies like this are a continuous reminder that our ANZACs though that Australia, and her liberties and freedoms, were worth fighting and dying for.
And the word ANZAC has come to have a special meaning. What started as an acronym for a military corps has come to represent something much more: it brings to mind a spirit that embodies the qualities of courage, discipline, sacrifice, self-reliance, mateship and a fair go.
As a nation, Australia does not glorify war. But we remember. We remember what so many did for their families, their country. We recognise their sacrifice and service and unselfish devotion, which saw so many knowingly go to their death.
And we acknowledge current and former members of our defence forces who represent our country on a daily basis.
And while on ANZAC Day we especially remember the Gallipoli Campaign – where our nation’s soul was forged – we also pay our respects to those who served in other places and other times; in the Second World War, Malaya, Vietnam and others. We must not forget the young veterans that, having come home from duty in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. And we also think of those currently serving in the fight against ISIS in the Middle East.
We pay tribute to all current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, those lost in training, on operations, the wounded, injured and ill.
We who love this country know that we cannot take for granted the blood that has been shed it its service. And politicians like me must never think lightly about what it means to send Australians into harm’s way, nor let the ANZAC spirit be lost to indifference or a lack of responsibility.
Those we honour have left to Australia a legacy of courage, selflessness and freedom. Lest we forget.