Anzac Day: A Day of Reflection

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Australian Army Sergeant James Duquemin stands-fast with his bugle at the Australian War Memorial on 21 April 2020.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) stands with the Australian community to remember those who have served, and those who continue to serve, Australia and its national interests this Anzac Day.

While the traditional public commemorative ceremonies and Anzac Day marches have been cancelled this year due to the active outbreak across the world of COVID-19, members of the ADF have paused to honour those who have served Australia on military and peacekeeping operations for more than a century.

Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell AO DSC, said the ADF proudly upholds the legacy of their forebears.

"Australian Defence Force members at home in Australia and those currently deployed on operations – including in support of the Australian Government's response to COVID-19 – continue to uphold the Anzac legacy with courage, discipline and service to their country," General Campbell said.

Later this year, we will mark 75 years since the end of World War II­, in which almost 40,000 Australians died and thousands more returned home with physical and psychological scars.

"The service and sacrifice of those Australians not only directly defended our country, but helped turn the tide of the Second World War and usher in a new peace.

"Their contribution helped pave the way for a better future."

General Campbell said Anzac Day also provided Australian's with an opportunity to acknowledge the vital contribution made on the home front.

"This Anzac Day we also thank the families and loved ones who support our ADF personnel sustain their morale, and carry the responsibilities of home life while their loved ones are deployed. Their support is a critical element of our Defence capability."

 
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