Letter to the editor: Take time to reflect this Anzac Day
17 April 2020
Anzac Day and its commemoration is just as important this year as it ever was.
While we can’t gather together and pay our respects at our local shrines and RSLs, we can still take the time to stop and reflect on the sacrifices that were made some 105 years ago.
Like many in our community, I will rise before the sun this Anzac Day and take a moment’s silence to remember those that fought for us.
This isn’t the first time that Australians have been unable to gather for Anzac Day ceremonies. In 1919 some towns cancelled Anzac Day ceremonies due to the risks posed by the influenza epidemic. This only tells us that the ceremonies and commemorative events will return next year, as they did in 1920 and as they have for over a century.
On Saturday, we remember those who served, those who lost their lives, those who serve today and the families who support them.
The freedoms we enjoy today as a nation are due to the extraordinary sacrifice of our past generations.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
Lest we forget
Steph Ryan MP
Member for Euroa
Deputy Leader of The Nationals