ANZAC Day | Members Statement

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (13:33:17): On Anzac Day I was honoured to attend the Werribee dawn service organised by the Werribee RSL with the support of Wyndham City Council and to lay a wreath there. It was beautiful to see so many people pay homage to and celebrate the sacrifice of brave men and women. I had the pleasure of attending the service with my fellow parliamentary colleagues Sarah Connolly, the member for Tarneit, and the Honourable Tim Pallas, the member for Werribee. It was the 104th anniversary of the day our young troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli. At the service I was delighted to see the sheer number of people, ranging from babies who were a few months old to senior citizens in their 90s. I am also proud to tell you that up to 15 000 Indian soldiers also fought at Gallipoli alongside the Anzacs. I am sure many deep friendships were formed between those brothers in arms. These instances show the true spirit of the Anzacs. We cannot do enough to thank them for sacrificing their lives. Lest we forget.