Davis Station shares a reflection from Anzac Day

Lest We Forget

The Davis Station wintering team has a number of former and serving defence force members as well as many family and personal connections with those who have served or been affected by conflict. For operational reasons, our service was held indoors. It was a moving and solemn occasion and we share with you one of the reflections from the day.

On this day, above all days, we remember those Australian and New Zealand men and women who have died or suffered, or continue to suffer as a result of war.

ANZAC Day is more than a national holiday it is a fundamental Australian & New Zealand tradition. Anywhere Australians and New Zealanders are found, including here at Davis, it is likely there will be an ANZAC Day service of some description taking place.

A defining moment in the history of Australia and New Zealand took place on the morning of the 25th April 1915. Troops from both nations landed under fire at Gallipoli in Turkey. It was then, and in the violent and bloody campaign which followed that the ANZAC tradition was founded. The ANZAC spirit of resourcefulness, comradeship, compassion and courage that prevailed amidst the ferocity of battle and the horrendous casualties sustained, continues to inspire and offer an enduring example to later generations of Australians and New Zealanders. The essence of Gallipoli was that in the face of adversity and potential defeat, the Aussie and Kiwi spirit flourished, even triumphed.

We pay homage not only to those original ANZACs, but to all who have died, or been disabled in service to their country throughout the world. We share the sorrow of those who have mourned them.

On this day we remember with sympathy those Australians and New Zealanders who have suffered as prisoners of war and those who because of war have had their lives shortened.

We remember all who have been affected and displaced by war, families and loved ones, and especially those caught up in conflict today.

It is now over 100 years since Mawson and his team made their epic voyage to Antarctica. Today we remember those brave young expeditioners who endured Antarctica’s cold bite only to be cut down in battle just months after their return.

Our thoughts today are also with the men and women who have served or who are currently serving their country in the Defence Force.

ANZAC day reminds us that sometimes we have to stand up for our values and freedom and that these have come at a price.

May we, and future generations always remember the sacrifices made for our freedom.