Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, is encouraging the local community to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation on Anzac Day 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the last year of the First World War.
“Anzac Day is one of the most important dates of the commemorative calendar,” Mr Porter said.
“I recently sat down with Frank Mallard, a local hero, who is an active member of the Ellenbrook RSL and a well-known and much-loved member of the community to hear about what Anzac Day meant to him.
“Frank told me that Anzac Day meant everything to him, that is was a time not for celebrating war, but for remembering those who have passed away in defence of this country.
“In this final year of the Anzac Centenary, it is important to pay tribute to the more than 50,000 Australians who fought in Gallipoli in 1915, where the Anzac legend was born, and those who served with honour in all theatres of war.
“On Anzac Day, I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect and recognise the courage shown by men and women, like Frank, who have served our nation and defended our interests so that we can enjoy the many freedoms we have today.
The Anzac Centenary commemorates the First World War (2014–2018). Since the first convoy of servicemen left the shores of Albany in 1914, almost two million men and women have worn with pride the uniforms of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force. On Anzac Day, we remember them.
Occasions such as Anzac Day can be difficult for some veterans and their families. Those affected can call the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service which is available 24 hours a day on 1800 011 046.