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Anzac 100 Years

One hundred years on from the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (the ANZAC’s), on the shore of Gallipoli in Turkey, Cleveland District State High School came together to remember this commemorative event.

The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all Australians. The First World War helped define us as people and as a nation.

The Anzac spirit of courage under fire, selflessness and unwavering loyalty, tenacity and mateship was forged in the battles at Gallipoli. The legend of our Anzacs has transcended time to become a symbol of what we value as Australians.

On Anzac Day, we stop to remember and reflect on the sacrifice of men and women who serve and served our nation in times of war and peace. It is not only Gallipoli we remember on this day. This is a day set aside for us to collectively give thanks to all those men and women who have put their lives at risk and in many cases paid the supreme price. We also acknowledge the losses and sacrifices of their families.

ANZAC day is therefore, a day for all Australians, regardless of religion, racial background or even place of birth. It is a day to commemorate the bravery and self-sacrifice of past and present generations. It is a day to acknowledge the selflessness of all those who have been prepared to lay down their lives for Australia so that it can be a place of freedom for all.