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Julian Leeser Member for Berowra

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It was fantastic to see the number of local Anzac Day services that were hosted across our community this year. Every Anzac Day, Australians acknowledge the Anzac spirit. On 25 April 1915, 16,000 Australian troops landed at Gallipoli. Thousands of Australian troops were killed or injured on that day.

We now embrace Anzac Day as a day to not only acknowledge those troops, but also to recognise all the Australians who have served in conflicts and peace-keeping missions since that time.

We also pause to acknowledge the qualities of bravery, camaraderie, mateship, service, loyalty, and honour that characterise the very best of the Australian spirit.

Anzac Day 2023 was particularly notable because this year we are acknowledging the 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Our involvement in the Vietnam War is a vitally important chapter in Australia’s history and one that helped to grow our Anzac spirit and national identity. This was evident across every engagement in the Vietnam War, from battles to humanitarian missions.

This year we also marking 70 years since the end of the Korean War. Like those who served in Vietnam, Australian troops in Korea played a crucial and invaluable role in helping to stop the spread of totalitarian aggression throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.

Every contribution to our country’s national security matters deeply. Without the courage and dedication of all those who served out country, Australians would not be able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. It’s important that we acknowledge and celebrate those contributions – on all days, but particularly on Anzac Day.

Ceremonies were held at Galston, Glenorie, Berowra, Cherrybrook, Kenthurst, and Annangrove, among other events around the area. I appreciated the opportunity to attend several of those services across the electorate. As is the case every year, it was a humbling to pay tribute to the veterans who live among us, those who have since passed away, and their families.

Thank you to every member of our community who attended one or more of these services.

LEST WE FORGET.

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