Prime Minister’s ANZAC Day message to the troops
25 April 2011
To the men and women of the Australian Defence Force:
Yesterday, I had the incredible privilege of standing with a group of Korean War veterans on the battlefield of Kapyong, a place made sacred by the courage and sacrifice of Australian personnel.
Today, Australians will commemorate our most solemn national event at Villers-Bretonneux and Bullecourt in France, on the Kokoda Track, at Sandakan and Hellfire Pass, and here in Korea.
It is a reminder that the tide of history has taken Australians to war on three continents over more than a century.
Wherever they went, stories of incredible mateship and courage soon followed, often purchased at the very highest price.
On this solemn day, I honour the memory of every Australian who has made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom.
I express our country’s solidarity with every family who mourns the loss of a loved one and with every veteran who bears the scars of war in mind or body.
And I offer the profound thanks of a grateful nation to our defence personnel who stand on duty today, at home and overseas.
You ensure that the ANZAC story remains a living tradition wherever Australians wear the uniform - we are a safer, stronger country because of what you do.
In these challenging days, I know that your highest traditions of honour, service and professionalism will ensure the ADF remains a fighting force of which every Australian can be proud.
The Honourable Julia Gillard
Prime Minister of Australia
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Anzac Day, 2011
*This message was sent to all Australian Defence Force personnel on global and regional operations and to domestic serving personnel on 25 April 2011.