ANZAC Day: Commemorate it your way

ANZAC Day: Commemorate it your way

22 April 2022

ANZAC Day has looked slightly different over the last few years, however, the important meaning behind the day has not changed, remaining a significant occasion to reflect on the sacrifices made by Australian Defence Force members, past and present.

Marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, ANZAC Day allows our country the opportunity to reflect on mateship and to offer our respects to the men and women who devoted their lives to protecting our way of life.

RSL Queensland State President and Mates4Mates Chairman, Major General Stephen Day, DSC AM acknowledges the importance of supporting, recognising, and participating in ANZAC Day.

It is a time for all Australians to reflect–no matter where you are or how. Those who went before us set a standard and, on 25 April 1915, created a legacy that those serving today continue to uphold,” said Major General Day.

It is a day to remember not only our original ANZACs, but a day to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and remember our current and former service men and women; those who have fought and served our country, as well and the families who stand beside them.”

RSL Queensland, with the support of Mates4Mates, is encouraging Australians to embody the ANZAC Spirit the distinctive qualities of mateship, humour, ingenuity, courage, and endurance.

By visiting lightupthedawn.com.au you can discover how you can honour our veterans with a moment of private reflection from home at 6am on ANZAC Day. However, we understand that everyone marks the day in their own way.

Some may choose to commemorate the day attending a parade, dawn service or by standing at the end of their driveways, others may choose to spend it with loved ones, or simply have a quiet day to themselves.

While the spirit of mateship, belonging and pride still resonates, we asked three of our Mates what ANZAC Day means to them.

ANZAC Day for me and my kids was never a big deal as none of my family were military. Now, it’s a time to understand and appreciate all the hard work and sacrifices my veteran husband put in all those years ago!” Wife of a veteran, Queensland

“To me, it means brother and sisterhood, and being part of something that is bigger than just one person. Remembering those men and women who paid the ultimate price and paved the way for today’s generation of Defence personnel is a great feeling. Knowing that on this day, ANZAC Day, we can thank those who made it safe for us all. Seeing my family and grandchildren watch me march down the street makes me smile ... it means the world to me.” Veteran, Northern Territory

I never know what to expect on ANZAC Day. Some years I feel immense pride in my dad (who was also a veteran), other years sadness, grief, and loss. Some years it is a whole spectrum of things which can be confusing and confronting. In recent years, I have found comfort and support both at Mates4Mates and through the friendships I have made there. Knowing others feel the same lets me know I’m not alone.” Veteran, Tasmania

Mates4Mates gives thanks to the men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, past and present.

If you are in need of support, make the call that makes the difference on 1300 4 MATES or visit mates4mates.org.

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