In commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government has funded 24 local grants totalling more than $125,000 to groups across the Flinders electorate.
Through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme, community groups have had the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice that epitomises the Anzac spirit.
Groups have erected memorials, published books, created memorial gardens or hosted commemorative services to mark the Centenary of Anzac.
The Centenary of Anzac is one of the most significant commemorations in our nation’s history. It is a time for all of us to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the 152,000 Australians wounded in World War I and the 61,000 who never came home.
These men demonstrated the true meaning of the Anzac spirit. They showed remarkable courage, determination and a sense of mateship like no other.
We remember the families of the men who served. After waiting for their loved ones to return, it was the families who provided assistance to the veterans as they combatted the scars and memories of their service.
We also remember the thousands of Australian women who gave war service in numerous and diverse roles.
The bravery of these men and women, their persistence and sacrifice, is why we are able to gather as members of a free, peaceful and prosperous nation.
I encourage people across the electorate to attend Anzac Day services and pay tribute to the men and women who made enormous sacrifices so that we could enjoy the lives we lead today.
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