Mr Chris Crewther MP said the Dunkley community would pause on Anzac Day to honour the service and sacrifice of all Australian men and women who have served in defence of our country.
Mr Crewther said multiple services would be held during the day, including Dawn Services in Frankston and Mornington, marches in Seaford, Frankston and Mornington, and later services in Seaford, Frankston, Mount Eliza and Mornington.
Mr Crewther said Anzac Day was one of the most important dates in our calendar.
“More than 50,000 Australians are estimated to have fought in the Gallipoli campaign, where some 8,700 lost their lives and almost 18,000 were wounded,” Mr Crewther said.
“On Anzac Day, I encourage Australians to take a moment and reflect on the brave men and women who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations.
“I encourage everyone in Dunkley to attend a service on Anzac Day or take time to pause, reflect and remember those who have served and those who have given their lives for our country.
“We are forever grateful to the men and women, past and present, who have served in our Army, Navy and Air Force.
“This year also marks the centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt in France, the Battle of Messines, the Battle of Polygon Wood and the Battle of Beersheeva, as well as the 75th anniversaries of the Fall of Singapore, the Bombing of Darwin and the Kokoda campaign — they are all important events from our history that this nation will never forget.”
Mr Crewther said any current or former Australian Defence Force personnel who was affected by Anzac Day should contact the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, which provides free and confidential counselling 24/7 on 1800 011 046.
Details of local Anzac Day services:
March: 9.30am from Peninsula Dry Cleaners, Nepean Highway, Seaford
Commemorative Service: 10am at Seaford RSL Cenotaph
Dawn Service: 5.30am at Beauty Park, Frankston (followed by Gunfire Breakfast)
March: 10.30am from Corner of Yuille and Park Streets, Frankston
Commemoration Service: Following the 10.30am March at Beauty Park, Frankston
Commemorative Service: 1.30pm at Mount Eliza Community Centre
Dawn Service: 6am at Memorial Park, Mornington
March: 9.45am from Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington
Commemorative Service: 10am at Memorial Park, Mornington
Australians are invited to share how they mark Anzac Day on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnzacCentenary, or on twitter.com/DVAAUS with #AnzacDay.
Support for Veterans
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) — 1800 011 046
VVCS can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling.
If you would like to connect to VVCS while overseas please call +61 8 8241 4546 (please note that standard international call costs will apply).
Department of Veterans’ Affairs At-Ease mental health web portal —