Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic joined with thousands of locals paying respects at a commemorative dawn service for ANZAC Day held at Pinegrove Memorial in Minchinbury by the Rooty Hill RSL Sub Branch.
Each year on April 25, our nation pauses to honour and remember all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, as well as the contribution and suffering of all those men and women who have served.
In his address to the service, Federal MP Ed Husic reflected on the courage and immense sacrifice of those 900 local residents who laid down their lives, responding to a nation’s call.
“Many Mount Druitt and Rooty Hill Diggers came from simple backgrounds, just like you and I. But we know they became so much more,” Mr Husic said.
“What they were forced to see and to do and to die for – these things warrant the silent respect, admiration and gratitude we all pause to deliver today.”
“It is encouraging to see so many people pay tribute to our ANZACs, particularly during the Centenary, which is time of special significance for our country.”
During his address, Mr Husic highlighted the stories of two locals who fought in World War I – Stephen Shadlow and Owen Wallace Baker.
“When we reflect upon the way the ANZAC lived their values through their display of friendship, courage, sacrifice, loyalty and resilience, When you feel the emotion directed toward someone you didn’t know or couldn’t have possibly known it still speaks in a way words cannot,
“It demonstrates a simple truth. You have – we have – remembered them. Lest we forget.”
The text of Mr Husic’s speech can be found http://tinyurl.com/RootyHillANZAC2016
MONDAY, 25 APRIL 2016