Honouring courage and sacrifice

Anzac Day is an important opportunity to acknowledge what so many people have given and continue to give to protect our country.

As many Diggers grow older, it becomes more difficult for them to participate in the march through the city centre. In 2007 I was asked by an extraordinary group of men for seating near Town Hall as they were too weak to continue taking part in the march.
The group were the 'Under 16s' - brave young soldiers who were only 14 or 15 at the time of the war and who lied about their age so that they could protect our country.

Every year I organise seating in front of Town Hall and a special reception after the march for these remarkable men and their families.

(Photo: commemorating Anzac Day at Town Hall)

The courage and sacrifice of all our soldiers is remarkable, but these men, who were boys when they enlisted, are truly extraordinary. I always find sharing Anzac Day with them a particularly moving experience.

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