Published: 24 April 2017
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith has encouraged residents to take time out this Anzac Day to remember the sacrifice of men and women in the ultimate fight for freedom.
Mayor Smith said we must never forget the tradition that was forged on the battlefield more than 100 years ago.
“April 25 is a time to remember those who served our country and the price they have paid, sometimes with their health but in many cases with their lives,” he said.
“This year also marks the Centenary of the Battle of Flanders – when Australians marched through Ypres in Belgium in October 1917, near the end of the British offensive known as the Third Battle of Ypres.
“More than 76,000 Australians became casualties on the Western Front in 1917, including 22,000 who lost their lives. Many others came home with physical wounds, illness and trauma.”
Anzac Day dawn vigils, marches, memorial services and games of two-up will again be staged across the city, set to attract thousands of people including war veterans and their families.
Cr Smith said local RSL Clubs had organised many events along with traditional marches on April 25 to ensure the Anzac spirit stayed alive.
“Our RSL branches help the community commemorate Anzac Day and ensure the spirit of the Anzacs continues with our younger generations,” he said.
“On behalf of Logan’s councillors and staff, I thank those who have served and continue to serve. Their sacrifice means we can all enjoy the freedom we have today.”
Anzac Day commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 in an attempt to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed during the eight-month campaign.
For details on local marches go to http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/anzacdayservices