Residents of Le Hamel Village along with Port Macquarie Community members gathered today to commemorate the immortal day when the young men of Australia by their deeds and sacrifice demonstrated to the world at Gallipoli and during WW1 that Australia was truly a Nation.
The sons and daughters of ANZAC came forward without question, accepted gladly and discharged fully their responsibilities during World War 11, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, and later operations in the Gulf, Rwanda, Somalia, Iraq,Timor and Afghanistan, as well as the many peacekeeping operations.
On this day we remember the sacrifice for an ideal; for a way of life. Let us take strength in the knowledge and hope that our sons and daughters will neer forget the example set by their forefathers. In our every day life let us endeavour to carry on those traditions established in past wards and conflicts at such a tragic cost.
So let us morn with pride, but let us also remember with equal pride, those who served and still live.
"See you hold fast the heritage we leave you. Teach your children that never in the coming of centuries may their hearts fail or their hands grow weak"
Port Macquarie Campus student Jorjabelle Munday gave a heartfelt speech at the Le Hamel ANZAC service to a captivated audience.
Boom, Crash, Splatter, Crunch, Life, Death, Mercy, Disease, Decay.
For all of us world warefare is a horrifying and shocking ordeal but this ANZAC day we must come together and represent the whole of humanity to give thanks to all the selfless and extremely brave women and men of all walks of life who sacrificed their lives so we could live a better today and tomorrow.
We must also commemorate and give thanks to the countless and hardworking medics, nurses and doctors who made it possible for soldiers of all wars to survive code, in such harsh conditions of war and conflict. This is the true spirit of the ANZAC, the appreciation of all the small things that make a difference. A spirit that gives us the message that every little action you take can have a massive effect in the future.
The medics, nurses and doctors of WW1 worked tirelessly on the wounded and severely injured. Giving each patient no matter what gener, ethnicity or age, their absolute best even through the dismay of ear-splitting gunfire and bombing, even through the harsh conditions of screams and trauma of warefare, the doctors, nurses and medics pushed through this without hesitation, without discrimination and tried the utmost hardest to treat the pain and anguish of injured soldiers.
But from great tragedies emerges great legends that society learns from. This is the ANZAC Legend and embodiment of all who served in, a place where all soldiers and war medical staff belong. But it was not only the doctors and nurses saving lives, medics were always there to help in warfare and from Legends comes tales.
Upon the horrifying fields of Gallipoli, Simpson and his donkey struggled and worked against the deafening silence that death, disease and decay that war brought upon and the ever silence scream and outcry of the smallest possible chance of hope, mercy and life.
Day afer day John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey, Duffy, worked tirelessly to help the struggling and the wounded to be delivered to the doctors and nurses in the trench operating rooms and trench hospitals.
Simpson undertook his work with the utmost care and consideration. Simpson and Duffy were so devoted and brave or on a stretcher, directly from the front lines, often exposing themselves to enemy gunfire, all the way back to the medical tents. With all the chaos and distraught never once did Simpson and Duffy falter or carry firearms and to this day he and Duffy remain a symbol of Australia courage and an enigmatic figure of the ANZAC spirit.
Simpson was killed in action by machine gunfire whilst carrying two wounded men and was buried on the beach of Hell Spit.
This to me is the true meaning of ANZAC day. ANZAC day is not only a day we remember sacrifice and bravery but is day to take in great consideration of what true selflessness, hardship and compassion and devotion really is. From this example of courage we learn that doing small things has a major effect on everything, no action is ever too small to create a difference and we must try because, like Simpson and Duffy, like all the nurses and doctors, men and women, the soldiers - it all counts.
ANZAC Day is a day where society reflects and looks upon and learns from our mistakes. War should not be fought with weapons of mass destruction. War should be fought with our words and actions.