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29th April 2021

It has indeed felt like a long time since last ANZAC Day.

This year we commemorated the 80th anniversary of the siege of Tobruk, we also acknowledged 100 years of the RAAF.

Its’ proud legacy in the skies around the globe and note that its’ the second oldest Air Force in the world and at the end of WW2 the fourth largest.

We recognise Ordinary Seaman Edward “Teddy” Sheehan has finally been posthumously awarded the VC for his actions aboard HMAS Armidale.

The RAN fought a tremendous rear guard against the Japanese in getting Australian civilians and soldiers out of SE Asia as they advanced unchecked.

HMAS Armidale was protecting such a convoy.

I am thankful to the SCC and counsellors, David Law and Winston Johnston for ensuring that the memorials in our district were ready for ANZAC Day.

I would like to say how humble and grateful I am to represent a community that commemorate Anzac Day so solemnly and respectfully.

I would like to recognise the contributions of all schools, teachers and students, the many volunteers, the veterans and community members.

It is these people that go above and beyond in honouring the legacy of those that did not return.

Lastly, to everyone that attended a service, held a dawn vigil and took a moment to remember and reflect, on behalf of our grateful electorate of Nicklin, Lest we Forget.

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