ANZAC Day won’t be changed for anyone, Latrobe RSL Sub- Branch president Ray Simpson said at the dawn service to mark the occasion yesterday.
“Speculation that changes may happen to the 100th Anzac Day celebrations so as not to embarrass some ethnic individuals must be strenuously resisted,” Mr Simpson said.
“Today is a day for all of us to remember and treasure the Anzac spirit, our freedom, our civil liberties and our free speech.”
Mr Simpson said the day was not just about remembering Gallipoli or World War 1, but the thousands of military men and women who had served since and were serving now.
“We must never let go of Anzac Day. We must never let them die.”
Ebony Richards’ voice carried throughout the foothills of Latrobe as she led the crowd of about 200 through the Australian national anthem.
Tony Leneham wore his father Neville’s service medals. He said Anzac Day was another opportunity to remember a loving father.
“He joined the air force at the end of the war and then served in the navy straight after the war. He served around New Guinea in the Second World War,” Mr Leneham said.
Mr Leneham’s father died two- and-a-half years ago at age 84.
HMAS Sheean, the submarine named in honour of Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean, was represented by Navy Chief Petty Officer Darren Thompson
Petty Officer Thompson and Navy colleague Lieutenant Commander Try Battishall visited schools and conducted Anzac services at Strathdevon and OneCare aged care facilities with the Latrobe RSL earlier this week.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.