Members of the Australian Defence Force will pause on ANZAC Day to pay tribute to all those who have served in Australian military operations, the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said today.
Air Chief Marshal Houston said next Monday marked the 96th anniversary of the first significant military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.
“On ANZAC Day, we honour not only the original ANZACs who died on 25 April 1915, but all Australians who have served and died not only in combat but in peace-keeping, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“ANZAC Day is a day of commemoration and reflection, a day we remember those who have served our nation in uniform, and a day we pay tribute to over 102,000 Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen who have died in the service of our great nation.”
Air Chief Marshal Houston also urged Australians to remember our current serving men and women, who are carrying on the ANZAC spirit around the globe.
“More than 3,300 ADF members are currently deployed on operations protecting Australia and our national interests,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“Like their ANZAC forefathers, our people are doing an outstanding job serving our nation with great distinction.
“ANZAC Day is also a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our ADF families. Without their love and support, our servicemen and women would not be able to carry out their duties as well as they do.”