Navy Captain Bruce Legge said he was ‘‘honoured’’ to give the Anzac Day address in Deniliquin last Friday.May 2, 2014 2:00am
Lieutenant Andrew Ward, Navy Captain Bruce Legge, Brigadier Wayne Dunbar and RAAF Wagga squadron leader Shaun Nelson.
‘‘As a visitor to Deniliquin, I must accuse you of boasting – Deni does this right.’’
That was the high praise from Australian Navy Captain Bruce Legge on Deniliquin Anzac Day celebrations on Friday.
Capt Legge, who has attended Anzac Day ceremonies in New Zealand, the Middle East and America, told the crowd he was ‘‘honoured’’ to give the Anzac Day address.
The director ministerial liaison and executive coordination with Operation Sovereign Borders took the opportunity to thank the younger generations who attended the ceremony.
‘‘I want to say thank you to the kids for being here and marching – you are the future of Anzac Day, the future of Australia.
‘‘I am honoured to be part of the commemoration service in Deniliquin.
‘‘Anzac Day is a time for us to remember the ill fated Gallipoli occupation.
‘‘It was the biggest defeat the Australian and New Zealand troops would ever experience.
‘‘The count of the dead was greater than 130,000 at Gallipoli, 8700 of those were ANZACs.
‘‘Deniliquin has a population less than that – that is everyone in Deniliquin who died at Gallipoli.’’
Capt Legge said while Anzac Day was most often considered as the time to remember those who fought in the first and even the second World War, it should also be time to reflect on other wars and those still serving to ‘‘protect our borders’’ today.
‘‘There are currently 1500 defence force members deployed away from their homes and families today,’’ he said.
‘‘They serve in five operations, including Afghanistan, Lebanon and Egypt.
‘‘There’s also another 1700 Australian Defence Force personnel serving in what we call domestic operations.’’
Also honouring the Anzacs at Friday’s service were Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick, Deniliquin RSL Sub-Branch president Don Ward, Deniliquin High School captains Indiana Williams and Jack Fellows and veteran Max Gunn who read the Commemoration of the Fallen.
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