Today, we pause to remember the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula one hundred and five years ago – the first major military action by our forces in the First World War.
Those selfless men and women risked their lives, fighting for the freedoms we too often take for granted.
Premier Steven Marshall said it’s critical we all pause to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country – including 9,000 South Australians.
“Although we cannot physically stand side by side and commemorate together, it is important that we still connect on an emotional level to pay our respects and give thanks to our past and present service men and women,” said the Premier Marshall.
“The RSL is encouraging people to Light Up the Dawn with a candle. This can be done at the end of your driveway, in your front yard, on your balcony.
“I encourage you to take a moment’s silence to remember and acknowledge those men and women who have served our nation during global conflict.
“To our veterans community, and to those currently serving – we say thank you.
“Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your commitment to protecting our nation.
“There will be a time when we can come together again and mark this important date as we have done for more than one hundred years.”
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget.