Anzac Day 2022





Today, around Australia we gather together to remember the bravery and sacrifices of our ANZAC soldiers. We remember the young men and women who did not return and we remember those who did, forever changed by the atrocities they had seen and experienced. ANZAC Day has certainly been different over the past couple of years. In 2020 the dawn services usually attended by thousands were cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, as a nation we stood on our doorsteps and lit a candle. This was a simple gesture but one that was indicative of our nation’s fighting spirit, and our commitment to the promise, ‘We will remember them.’ Not being able to have ANZAC events because of COVID really illustrates the value and importance of being able to come together and pay our respects. No matter the circumstances, as a nation on this day we will come together to remember the sacrifices that were made for our nations freedom. This year, as traditional memorial services resume we will once again stand together in our commitment to remember the brave women and men who came before us. This year, will also mark the first ANZAC Day since the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. We recognise the incredible, two-decades of service of those in the Middle East deployment of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the sacrifices that were made in the service of what is right. In that vein, NSW Labor has called for the establishment of a memorial in Sydney to honour all those who served in the Middle East campaigns of Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time that the recognition in the form of an official memorial of those who served our nation in other conflicts should be extended for the Middle East deployment. This ANZAC day, as we gather together to remember and respect our nation’s past, as we say ‘Lest We Forget’, we also carry a responsibility to re-educate ourselves and our nation to the honoured memory of the fallen. By participating in this sacred day annually we ensure that the ANZAC spirit lives on, that we will not see the atrocities of the past repeated and that the sacrifice of our ANZAC’s was not in vain.

They shall grow not old,

As we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning

We will remember them.

Lest we forget.