I was out early this morning at Mascot Railway Station reminding Mascot residents of ANZAC Day this Friday and the Dawn Service at Botany.
ANZAC Day – 25 April – 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.
In 1917, the word ANZAC meant someone who fought at Gallipoli. Now it is a National Day on which the lives of all Australians lost in war time are remembered.
The spirit of ANZAC recognises the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice which were demonstrated at the Gallipoli landing.
It is the spirit of ANZAC, the hero's, the fallen and those who survived, who sacrificed everything in the name of freedom.
To residents of my electorate living in easy access to Booralee Park, Botany at the Corner of Daniel and Bay Streets, the Commemorative Dawn Service will commence at 6am.
Organised by those wonderful veterans of Botany and Mascot RSL, and generously supported by Botany Bay City Council, a gesture I know the community appreciates.
As a person who has been chosen by the people for public office for over three decades, first as Mayor then as a Member of Parliament, I am always conscious of the privilege to be elected by a free people is because of the sacrifice made by the men and women we honour on ANZAC Day. LEST WE FORGET