April 19, 2017 Hodges in the Media
The vast majority of Australians know the significance of ANZAC Day, but it is very important that we explain its significance to those people whose family members did not serve, or who are relatively new residents of Australia. We must share the significance of ANZAC Day during the Centenary period, so all people have the opportunity to understand and join in.
As we know, it is a day of respect for our war dead, and for people who served and died to preserve our way of life. It is also about reflecting on those Australian values and attributes which we hold dear. 2017 marks a significant year as the Centenary of World War I, and also the 75th anniversary of the Tobruk and New Guinea campaigns of World War II. We owe it to those who have gone before, those who are yet to come, and those who currently carry the flame, to ensure the day is as dignified and respectful as possible.
Attending Dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance or a local RSL near you is the best way to show your support. You could even stay around a little longer for a game or two of our tradition Aussie two-up