New resources available in lead-up to Anzac Day

Wide Bay schools, ex-service organisations and community groups will receive Anzac Day Commemorative packs to help ensure students and the community can learn more about the extraordinary sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said resources packs including a range of materials and commemorative posters had been posted to local schools and groups.

“The 2022 Anzac Day pack contains information including posters commemorating our Anzacs and recognising the 30th anniversary of the Australian peacekeeping mission to Somalia that can be used to help ensure the work of our servicemen and women is never forgotten,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This year’s pack also includes the Stories of Indigenous Service book which depicts experiences of Indigenous men and women who served during the First and Second World Wars, and is an important acknowledgement of their contribution, bravery and sacrifice.”

“Sharing these important stories ahead of Anzac Day helps ensure the tradition of remembrance and commemoration continues, so I encourage schools to make use of these wonderful resources, and encourage community groups to make them available in the lead up to commemorations of Anzac Day across Wide Bay.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the annual materials are provided free by the Australian Government to support local Anzac Day commemorations.

“Anzac Day is one of our most significant and sacred national days and we are committed to ensuring schools and other groups in our community have easy access to resources to help mark it in an appropriate way,” Minister Gee said.

“Our nation owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all those who have served our nation, and those who have given their lives in defence of Australia, our freedoms and our values.

“It is vital that, as the years pass, we take on the responsibility to repay that debt by honouring them and ensuring younger Australians know and understand the sacrifice of those who have gone before them.”

The Anzac Day 2022 Resource Pack is also available to download on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal:  https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/…/mailout-anzac-day-2022.