A century ago, the focus of the First World War turned to the Western Front. The battles and victories of this era helped define the War, and define early Australia. The Burwood War Memorial Arch, erected soon after the First World War, stands as a reminder of our community’s sacrifices to fight for country and freedom.
The soldiers of the Australian Army earned a reputation, which continues to this day, as a professional and formidable fighting force that works hard, takes on the most significant challenges and succeeds under difficult circumstances. The bravery of the AIF was complemented by the courage of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). These women tirelessly worked in hospitals, on hospital ships and trains, or in casualty clearing stations closer to the front line.
At the conclusion of the War, many men and women returned home bearing scars – physical and emotional – from their service.
I encourage you to attend one of the ANZAC Day Services in our community this year to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served our country with distinction and honour.