On the morning of 25 April 1915, the Anzacs set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The objective was to capture Constantinople (now known as Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and an ally of Germany.
As Anzacs landed on Gallipoli they were met with fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. The Anzacs quickly realised that their plan to knock Turkey out of the war was not going to be as easy as first thought, and the campaign turned into an eight-month battle.
At the end of 1915, the allied forces were evacuated. Both sides suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed.
The 25th of April has become a day when Australians remember the sacrifice of those who fought and died in the war.
As the bugle player sounds the finals cords of the “Last Post” the emotions are sorrow and gratitude
Sorrow for the lives lost and the families left behind to hear the news of lost loved ones. Gratitude for these men and women and their families that made a sacrifice so big that the impact is still known today.
It’s a time to reflect on all the past, and present soldiers and their families who have given so much so that we may have a life many aren’t afforded.
I am grateful that we came to work this morning in a war free country, a free country where I can choose my profession and am free to work. Grateful for my freedom of speech and the voice they gave us all those years ago.
The choice to come to work and to choose your occupation is a privilege. I consider my opportunity to work with APRG a privilege. I am in a position where I connect with people every day to help them to have meaningful working lives and work with meaningful businesses. I have chosen to participate in work that makes the future brighter for others and that gives me incredible satisfaction.
Thank you to the past and present for paving a way that allows me to do what I love in a safe environment.
Lest We Forget