Stawell continues to 'remember them'

STAWELL - Family, friends and even complete strangers have always pledged to 'remember them' and this was once again evident at Friday's traditional Anzac Day service at the Stawell War Memorial in Main Street.

Pastor Craig Allen told the sombre crowd Friday's ninety-ninth anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli was just as significant as the first.

Pastor Craig Allen told the sombre crowd Friday's ninety-ninth anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli was just as significant as the first. Picture: MARCUS MARROW

Pastor Craig Allen told the sombre crowd Friday's ninety-ninth anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli was just as significant as the first. Picture: MARCUS MARROW

"It is fitting that today we commemorate the services of past veterans and those who are serving at this time," he said.

"A week ago some of us celebrated one man who sacrificed himself for a better humanity, today we remember others who have sacrificed as well."

Pastor Allen said the Anzac tradition, which has carried the better part of a century, was born from the actions of the Anzac troops who fought at Gallipoli in 1915.

"The qualities that these soldiers displayed have helped to form the legend of the Anzac. Specific qualities such as bravery, loyalty, stamina, resourcefulness, independence, mateship and humour," he said.

"Every year in the celebrations of the anniversary of the troops landing at Anzac Cove, it is not defeat at Gallipoli or the later victories in war that we remember, but the astounding courage, sacrifice and the spirit of the Anzac troops."

Pasor Allen said this year, no different to any other, we recognise the actions of those in our past and present that have helped to define us as Australians.

"The actions of these people help to define Australia as a nation in its own right, their acts of bravery, their loyalty, resilience, independence and their ability at times to display humour, despite the atrocities of war helped to characterise the Australian people," he said.

"The Anzacs risked their lives for one another and were united in their struggle.

"In World War II, Australians managed to maintain the image that was gained at the Gallipoli landing and in subsequent efforts.

"We are reminded of the tragedy of war as many of us turn our thoughts towards family members recent and past, who due to answering the call to arms gave themselves in selfless sacrifice."

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