Local MP Steven Ciobo is encouraging the Gold Coast community to reflect this Anzac Day on the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation. This is an especially important commemoration, the 100th anniversary of the last year of the First World War.
Services will be held in Southport, Surfers Paradise, and Nerang; including Dawn Services and Citizen Marches.
Mr Ciobo said Anzac Day is one of the most important dates of the commemorative calendar.
“Anzac Day is always a solemn occasion for Australians and New Zealanders, a day to commemorate and honour the sacrifice of the men and women who fought and died for our countries,” Mr Ciobo said.
“The sacrifice of our diggers at Gallipoli helped make Australia what it is today and more than 100 years on we rightly continue to honour them.
“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 locals to take a moment to reflect and recognise the courage shown by men and women who have served our nation and defended our interests so 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.
“Gold Coasters will attend services to salute the bravery, mateship and sacrifice of the men and women who have served for more than a century,” Mr Ciobo said.