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Remarks at the Australian Memorial Service Lone Pine

Saturday 25 April, 2015

Source: Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Mininster for the Centenary of Anzac Special Minister of State

Your Royal Highnesses
Prime Ministers
Distinguished guests
​Fellow Australians

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the veterans amongst us.

If you are a veteran, or a serving member of the Defence Force from any country, young or old, would you please stand.

Gazilere tesekkürler ederiz. Lütfen ayaga kalkiniz.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please show your appreciation for their service.

In November 1914 the great Australian poet, A B ‘Banjo’ Paterson, set sail with the First AIF from Albany in Western Australia.

A correspondent with the Sydney Morning Herald, he sailed to Cairo with the men of the First AIF – at the age of 50, he was deemed too old to join up.

He was with the men of the First AIF gathered in Cairo preparing for the Gallipoli campaign and, later, Banjo Paterson penned them an open letter.

To continue reading Banjo’s poem and remarks click here

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