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Euroa residents urged to participate in Anzac Day

22 April 2014

The Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan is urging residents across the electorate of Euroa to commemorate the contribution of the ANZACs at one of the many dawn vigils and commemorative services taking place across the region this Friday.

“Almost 100 years on, this day is still one of the most significant in our national calendar,” Ms Ryan said.

“It reminds us that there’s nothing glorious about war, which has left a deep scar on our national identity.

“It’s also a day to reflect on the cost war had on the wives, mothers, children, sisters and sweethearts who were left at home.”

Ms Ryan said the proud military history of the Euroa region was a testament to the spirit of the ANZACs.

“ANZAC Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by men like Euroa’s three Victorian Cross recipients, Frederick Harold Tubb, Alexander Stewart Burton and Leslie Cecil Maygar, and of those Australians who fought beside them,” Ms Ryan said.

“The courage and compassion of men like Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop who was described by one of his men as ‘a lighthouse of sanity in a universe of madness and suffering’ should never be forgotten.”

Ms Ryan said The Victorian Nationals were supporting commemorative activities across the Euroa electorate, including a $150,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund to build a memorial to honour Euroa’s three VC recipients.

“In addition to undertaking the $45 million redevelopment of the Shrine of Remembrance, the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition is inviting communities to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for projects to commemorate the centenary of the commencement of World War I next year.”

Ms Ryan will commemorate ANZAC Day by attending the dawn vigil in Benalla before visiting Seymour for the morning service at 9.30am.

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