OUR HEROES: Current, returned and ex-service personnel marching during the Charleville Anzac Day service last year.
OUR HEROES: Current, returned and ex-service personnel marching during the Charleville Anzac Day service last year. Contributed

Charleville’s Anzac Day

THIS year on April 25, marks the 101st anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand forces landing at Gallipoli, and 100 years since the formation of the RSL in Queensland.

The Charleville RSL Sub-branch will conduct Anzac Day services and the Dawn Service will start at 5.15am, and following the service all service and ex-service personnel and their partners and visitors are invited to attend the traditional “Gun Fire” breakfast at the RSL Club.

All schools, clubs, emergency services, veterans, service and ex-service personnel attending the morning service and march, are asked to assemble in Alfred St at 9.20am at Historic House, for the march to start at 9.40am.

The service at the cenotaph will start at 10am.

Our guests for this year are three local long serving RSL Sub-branch members, and a brief talk will be given on behalf of the three guest. The high school Anzac Day service will be held on Friday, April 22 because of the weekend and members of the sub-branch will be attending.

On Friday, April 24 at 9.30am, members of the Charleville RSL Sub-branch will place flags and poppies on the graves of more than 180 veterans, at the cemetery.

If people can assist, or they want to make certain we don’t miss a family members grave, they are welcome to attend to assist us.

What is Anzac Day?

ANZAC Day is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in the name endures to this day.

This year will mark the 101th anniversary of the 4.30am landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli, and we must remember there great courage and sacrifice and mateship.

In all records of war, however, there are not only stories of death, but also of courage and kinship. There are tales, such as our own, of countries becoming nations, boys becoming men, of mates never letting each other down.

The Anzac legacy forged unknowingly by those brave soldiers who rushed ashore at Gallipoli that fateful morning, has endured for a century.

When we pause to remember those young brave men who fought on the shores of Gallipoli, it is important not to forget the battles that followed.

The soldiers that survived Gallipoli were later shipped off to the Western Front to join other Australian and allied forces in battles that was just as bad.

Sadly the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars”, was not to last.

We must remember those that served and those who died during World War II, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other peace keeping missions.

What does it mean today?

Australians recognise April 25 as an occasion of national commemoration.

Services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation.

Later in the day commemorative ceremonies and marches are held at war memorials around the country.

It is a day that Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

DP (George)

Donohue OAM,

President – RSL Sub-branch

The Western Times will have full coverage of the Anzac ceremonies with a photo gallery online in next Thursday’s edition. Make sure you grab a copy.

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