Anzac Day Dawn Service 1999
On April 25th 1999 the then Governor General Sir William Deane delivered a speech at Anzac Cove. Parts of this I personally found particular apt and memorable.
"For Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds. These were qualities and values the pioneers had discovered in themselves in what were, for Eurpoeans, the new lands of Australia and New Zealand. They were tested here and on the ancient battlefields of Europe for the first time in the Great War. They were not found wanting."
And then in closing -
"No one can express all that this day means to us Australians and New Zealanders. It is, said Australia's great historian Manning Clarke 'about something too deep for words'. But in the stillness of the early dawn, and in the silence that will settle once more along this shoreline, we feel it in the quiet of our hearts. The sense of great sadness. Of loss. Of gratitude. Of honour. Of national identity. Of our past. Of the spirit, the depth, the meaning, the very essence of our nations. And of the human values which those first Anzacs - and those who came after them - embodied and which we, their heirs must cherish and pass to the future"
For anyone just tuning in, the post date is a little late because one of the quotes originally appeared in another thread.