Anzac Centenary

Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

This year, Anzac Day marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, one of the defining battles of World War I, which helped to forge elements of our national identity. Through adversity, Gallipoli became the common tie that bound the colonies and people of Australia into a nation.

Throughout our history, and with subsequent wars following World War I, Anzac day has come to symbolise more than the original Anzacs that served at Gallipoli. It is now a day to remember more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women, including all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.

We honour the service and sacrifice of all who have served.

Council acknowledges the heroism of our veterans from all wars and recognises the importance of remembering their bravery. There are a number of initiatives we have introduced to pay our respects to those who have served.

This year we have hung new street banners throughout Fairfield LGA in a coordinated roll out to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

Later this year, we will be naming a number of footpaths in the Vietnam War Comradeship Memorial in Cabravale Park. These paths will be named after a number of significant events from the Vietnam War, and may also recognise World War I and World War II veterans. Signage for the paths will help to inform visitors of the comradeship shared between Australian and Vietnamese soldiers and the significance of these events.

On Anzac Day this Saturday, I encourage residents of our city to reflect upon and learn more about Australia's military history and its impacts on our nation.

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