ANZAC DAY - 01/05/2019

Last week we came together to mark one of our most important national

occasions, ANZAC Day.

April 25 marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by

Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I, when 16,000 of our

brave young men landed at what is now called ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli

Peninsula in 1915.

By that evening, 2000 of these had been killed or wounded and by the end of the

eight month campaign, nearly 8,000 had lost their lives.

So each year, in commemoration of that battle and all others since, our

community unites to commemorate the ANZAC’s courage, sacrifice and the

families and loved ones they left behind.

Last Thursday, an estimated 2500 people gathered at the Karratha Country Club

for the Dawn Service which concluded with a march by returned and serving

members through the crowd.

The Roebourne Dawn Service commenced with a march along Roe Street

followed by a service at the Roebourne memorial obelisk, erected in honour of

the 142 men who enlisted from the district for service in the Great War and in

memory of 22 of them who were killed at the front.

Earlier this month, the Pilbara Regiment, government officers, family members

and friends gathered at Whim Creek for a memorial service to pay respects to the

five Lockyer brothers – Arnold, Edgar, Elbert, Elliot and Eric – who all served

their country in World War 2.

The strains of the Last Post and the solemn ceremony of one-minute’s silence

always brings deep reflection and contemplation of the debt we owe the men and

women, both past and present, who fought for our freedoms; and for the many

that still suffer today for their service to us.

Lest we forget.