Remember, honour our Diggers

FEDERAL LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is encouraging all Australians to attend a commemorative service this Anzac Day to remember our past and present diggers.

Mr Scott said it was important to take time out this Easter to attend a dawn service, Anzac Day Parade or other commemorative event on Monday, April 25.

“More than 102,000 Australians have lost their lives defending the values we hold so dear, so we should never be too busy to take some time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom,” he said.

“We should also not forget that there are many brave Australian servicemen and women who will commemorate this Anzac Day in foreign lands, helping to defend the freedoms that we so often take for granted.”

This year, Mr Scott will be representing the Leader of the Opposition the Hon Tony Abbott at a service in Villers-Bretonneux, France at the Australian National Memorial.

“Every year, a large number of pilgrims make their way to Villers-Brettoneux to remember the Australians who served on the Western Front,” he said.

“In World War I, we lost 60,000 young Australians, including 46,000 who died serving in France and Belgium; this loss had a dramatic impact on a young nation of less than five million people.

“Sadly, 18,000 of those young Australians who served in France or Belgium have no known grave and it is a great privilege to be able to represent the Parliament of Australia at this commemorative service.”

The day before Anzac Day, Mr Scott will attend a special service to honour those who served in the Battle of Le Hamel in 1918.

The successful Battle marked a turning point in World War I when Australian troops were under the command of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB for the first time.

Details of Warwick’s Anzac Day program:

5:30am           Dawn Service at Leslie Park Cenotaph

9:00am           Ceremony at War Graves Warwick Cemetery

9:30am           Ceremony at Eden Gardens Memorial Park

10:45am         March commences from RSL Memorial Club. 

11:00am         Anzac Day service at the Cenotaph, Leslie Park

Details of Stanthorpe’s Anzac Day program:

5.30am           Dawn Service at Memorial, Weeroona Park

7.15am           Service at Wall of Remembrance, RSL Club, followed by Service at Garden of

                        Remembrance, Stanthorpe Lawn Cemetery

10.30am         Parade - commences at the corner of Folkestone and Maryland Streets

10.55am         Public Meeting, Civic Centre, Marsh Street

11.30am         Laying of Wreaths at the Memorial in Weeroona Park.

Details of Yangan & Emuvale Anzac Day programs:

7.45am           Assemble at Carey’s for Yangan March

Service follows March

9.00am           Service at Emuvale Memorial Hall

Followed by Morning Tea

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