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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: CHESTER

Apr 5, 2024 | Latest News

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Gippslanders are being urged to attend their local ANZAC Day service and commemorate all Australians who have served in the defence force.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the region has a rich military history which deserved recognition on April 25.

“ANZAC Day is not about glorifying war or conflict, quite the opposite,” Mr Chester said.

“It’s a chance to pay our respects to the 102,000 people who have been killed wearing our nation’s uniform and protecting the freedoms we all enjoy today.

“At the same time, we remember those who have been injured physically or mentally, the families who supported them, and the Australian Defence Force personnel who continue to serve today.”

Mr Chester said the Gippsland and Latrobe Valley region had made an enormous contribution to the ADF over more than 100 years including links to some of the most significant figures in Defence’s history.

“Sir Stanley Savige was born in Morwell and after World War 1 he helped establish Legacy to care for families of war victims,” Mr Chester said.

“Sir John Monash was arguably the greatest officer to serve Australia in World War 1 with his achievements at the ‘Battle of Hamel’ and when he returned home he was instrumental in the establishment of the SEC and Victoria’s energy generation system in the Latrobe Valley.

“Then there’s Corporal Harry Thorpe, the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Australian history who was born at the Lake Tyers Mission, enlisted at Sale, and served with gallantry on the Western Front before his death in 1918.

“In more recent times, our long history as an airforce training location in World War 2 and at East Sale RAAF Base has provided a continuous link with the defence force. Further east, the Mallacoota Bunker Museum is a living memorial to the tracking and reconnaissance activity which was required during World War 2 to protect our shipping lanes.

“On ANZAC Day, we have the opportunity to gather as a region and demonstrate our respect to all who have served, and continue to serve in 2024.

“It’s best to check details of ANZAC Day services in your region with local RSL clubs.”

 

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