Commemorating Anzac Day

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann at the 2023 Bundamba Anzac Day Service.

As Anzac Day approaches, local communities will remember not only those who fought on the beaches of Gallipoli and the trenches of the Western Front, but all Australians who have served and the 103,000 who have died for our country.

Anzac Day is one of the most significant days of commemoration for Australians, and a major event on the annual calendar.

More than a century since the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, we continue to gather each year to honour the sacrifice of all Australians who have served in Australia’s name, as well as recognise our current serving defence personnel.

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said Ipswich and the Somerset Region had a proud history of military service, and Anzac Day was an opportunity for the local community to remember those from the region who had given so much for our nation.

“It has served as a cornerstone of our national identity for well over a century,” he said.

“It’s a day that brings us together as a nation, uniting us and helping us to transcend our differences.

“This year, I am planning to attend a number of commemorations, including at Bundamba, the Eastern Suburbs (Cameron Park, Booval), Ipswich Railway RSL Sub Branch and Leichhardt-One Mile.

“I’m also looking forward to attending several local school Anzac Day services, including Ipswich State High School, Bremer State High School, Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar School, and WestMAC.

“I encourage everyone to check local newspapers and online for services and marches being organised by RSLs, schools and other community groups, and to attend a commemoration in your local community.”

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has developed a digital Anzac Day Kitbag and commemorative package to support Australians conducting their own Anzac Day service, whether that be at home or in the community.

To download the Anzac Day Kitbag, visit https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/anzac-day-kitbag

Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling: 1800 011 046 or OpenArms.gov.au.

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