The 25th of April 2016 marks a very special day for Australians and New Zealanders. The commemoration of those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions and their contribution is an integral part of our history, and the influence that these missions have had on the Australia of today . The 25th of April is significant, however, as it marks the anniversary of the first major armed battle fought by Australian and New Zealand militaries in the First World War.
Today, we pay respect to our brave servicemen and women who protect our country and its interests so courageously and fearlessly, and the servicemen and women of past, whose contribution and selfless sacrifice has made Australia the great land we call home today. We also remember those who have not returned and gave their lives for our country, and those who have been injured defending us.
May the lessons we have learnt from the futility of war in the past frame how we communicate in the future, spreading peace instead of conflict, love instead of fear and understanding instead of intolerance.