Centenary of Anzac an important commemoration
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is urging everyone to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs and all service personnel throughout the past century on Anzac Day 2018.
Ms McGowan said the commitment by generations of Australian servicemen and women during more than 100 years was a powerful example to follow in the final year commemorations of the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018.
“Hundreds of thousands of Australian men and women have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations since our involvement in World War I,” Ms McGowan said.
“This month I have begun hearing submissions to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR). It has brought to mind recognition of the indigenous personnel who have served Australia.
“One example is 9 Platoon, comprising indigenous soldiers who came mostly from NSW and South Australia. They were based in Wangaratta for just a couple of weeks during World War II. They served as guards while the 2/24th Battalion was camped at the Wangaratta Showgrounds, before they were dispersed to other battalions.”
Ms McGowan said one of the most important legacies from the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary program would be improving community understanding and awareness of wartime history, particularly among younger Australians.
“The 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice in November 2018 will be a significant occasion and will bring to a close the formalities of the Anzac Centenary program,” she said.
“I acknowledge the work of the Indi Centenary Grants Program Committee which reconvened earlier this year to assess submissions for funding under the Commonwealth’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program. The committee has already nominated 22 projects across Indi for funding under the ANZAC Centenary Grants program.
“The work of this committee is indicative of a strong sense throughout Indi of participation, during both times of war and in the Defence Forces today. It shows a commitment to commemoration and telling the stories of those who were, and who continue to be involved.”
Ms McGowan will attend services at Merrijig at 7.30am and Mansfield at 10am on Anzac Day.
Check local council websites or local newspapers for details on Anzac Day services.