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Honouring Our Legacy: ANZAC Day 2024

As we approach ANZAC Day 2024, it is our solemn duty and profound honour to reflect on the legacy of those who have served and sacrificed in the Australian armed forces. This day transcends time, serving as a poignant reminder of the courage and resilience exhibited by our service members throughout history.

Honouring Our Legacy: ANZAC Day 2024
Honouring Our Legacy: ANZAC Day 2024

From the formation of our nation to the present day, Australian forces have been actively involved in numerous conflicts around the globe. Let us recount and honour each:

  • Sudan Conflict (1885) - An early involvement where Australians assisted British forces in Sudan.

  • Second Boer War (1899-1902) - Australians served in South Africa, fighting against the Boers.

  • Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901) - Australian naval contingents were sent to China during this uprising.

  • World War I (1914-1918) - From the shores of Gallipoli to the trenches of Western Europe, Australians made immense sacrifices.

  • World War II (1939-1945) - Australians fought in Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific, playing crucial roles in many pivotal battles.

  • Korean War (1950-1953) - Over 17,000 Australians served in the conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) - Australians helped combat communist insurgent forces in Malaya.

  • Indonesian Confrontation (1963-1966) - Australian forces were involved in conflicts arising from Indonesia's opposition to the formation of Malaysia.

  • Vietnam War (1962-1975) - Over 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, facing intense combat.

  • Gulf War (1990-1991) - Australians participated in the liberation of Kuwait.

  • Somalia (1992-1994) - Australian troops joined UN peacekeeping forces in Somalia.

  • East Timor (1999-2000) - Australia led a peacekeeping mission to support East Timor's independence from Indonesia.

  • Afghanistan (2001-2021) - Australian forces were part of coalition efforts following the September 11 attacks.

  • Iraq War (2003-2011) - Australians were involved in military operations during the Iraq War and subsequent training missions.

Today, we also give special acknowledgement to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers, who served bravely and honourably in these conflicts, often without the recognition they deserved. Their contributions are an essential part of our military heritage and reflect the diverse strengths of our nation.

As we remember these conflicts and the valiant efforts of those who fought in them, let's also reflect on the principles they fought for: freedom, peace, and justice. These values remain at the core of what it means to be Australian, inspired by the enduring spirit of the ANZACs.

This ANZAC Day, let us recommit to honouring their legacy by striving for peace and unity in our time. Lest we forget.

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