Letter to the Editor - July 4: Anzac pride in Parliament

GALLIPOLI was the beginning of that terrible sacrifice.

While almost all Australians have heard of Gallipoli, it is important not to forget the sacrifices at Passchendaele, Fromelles, Pozieres, Polygon Wood and the deserts of Palestine and Sinai.

What is important now is how we honour the sacrifice of those who served during the First World War.

I think we have done them justice.

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program has been very successful and has allowed communities large and small to recognise the importance of the Anzac legend.

In the Cowper community we had a very committed group who assessed the applications for local projects.

I would like to acknowledge the contribution of committee members, David Doyle OAM, Bob Payne, Bob Denner, James McLeod, Brian Mortimer, Alex Robinson, Paul Huggins, Allan Crouch, Jim Cameron and Robyn Rooth.

I would like to place on record my strong support for the work of the committee and my thanks for all that they did.

In Coffs Harbour, the hard work of the RSL sub-branch ensured the local community had the opportunity to participate in Anzac Day events in addition to the traditional services on April 25.

They organised a display of Anzac and other World War I material which recognised the involvement of many soldiers from the Coffs Harbour area.

The branch also hosted a family fun day and featured an audiovisual display of World War I, where people had the opportunity to learn more about the Anzac legend.

The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery also restored a First World War honour roll and built a display for World War I medals which is now housed in the museum.

Dr Leigh Summers and Terrie Beckhouse were instrumental in this project.

The hard work these volunteers put in was most commendable in honouring our fallen.

The ceremonies around the electorate of Cowper saw unprecedented numbers of people turn out on Anzac Day.

I joined many thousands of people who attended the dawn service at the Coffs Harbour Cenotaph.

The march later that morning was one of the largest in recent history.

I congratulate all schools and community groups who participated in these events. Services were also held at Woolgoolga, Bellingen, Repton, Glenreagh, Urunga and Sawtell.

Kerry Bayliss and Dallas Burrage, from the RSL sub-branch in Sawtell, organised a display of military items that reinforced the Sawtell's links to the First World War.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Barb Piggott, Dick Nicholson and Tubby Bathgate in helping the Urunga RSL branch to get a new cabinet to display war memorabilia.

Luke Hartsuyker
Federal Member for Cowper - (House of Representatives Hansard, June 24, Page 108)

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