On Monday, April 25, communities around Australia will gather to remember the legacy of the brave Anzac soldiers who rowed towards the shores of Gallipoli, and into legend, as the sun rose on that fateful day in 1915.
We all owe so much to the Anzacs, whose qualities of courage, mateship, endurance and sacrifice have defined us as a nation.
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions marking anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, and now represents all men and women who serve our great country.
Like communities all around Australia, Caloundra has a rich Anzac history, defined by the many men and women who have contributed so bravely in conflicts around the world so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
A number of memorials and commemorative sites around the Caloundra community serve as a poignant reminder of the many sacrifices made, such as;
Centaur Memorial: Located at Centaur Park at Wickham Point, this memorial commemorates the sinking of the hospital ship Centaur that was torpedoed by an enemy submarine south east of Cape Moreton. Only 64 of the 332 people on board survived.
Military Jetty: This historical site on the Golden Beach Esplanade looks peaceful now, however it was a different situation in wartime when the waters of Pumicestone Passage were busy with the transportation of troops, goods and important military equipment from the jetty to fortifications on Bribie Island.
Memorial Gardens: The home of the Anzac Day morning service and wreath laying, these beautiful gardens and striking helicopter restoration are located next to the Caloundra RSL, in West Terrace. The garden honours the members of the local community who served in the Australian Defence Forces during war and peace, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. It acknowledges those veterans who survived and helped build the Australia we enjoy today.
This Anzac Day, Australians are being encouraged to honour and remember those who are serving and those who have served in a way that is meaningful to them, such as attending a march, a dawn service or by ‘lighting up the dawn’ at home.
It is an important time to connect with friends, family and the community to pay our respects and ensure the Anzac spirit lives on.
Lest We Forget.