War sacrifice remembered

Courtesy of Torch Publishing - 23/4/2008

War sacrifice remembered


Anzac Day was celebrated in Punchbowl with more than 150 people joining in the proceedings at Punchbowl Ex-Services and Community Club.

Members of the community also participated in the service held at the club, which included speeches by Banks Labour Federal MP Daryl Melham, and Bankstown State Labour MP Tony Stewart and Canterbury City Councillor Karl Saleh.

Canterbury councillor Karl Saleh, who was joined by Federal MP for Banks Daryl Melham and State MP for Bankstown Tony Stewart, said that both the ceremony and march were a successful commemoration.

Below: Canterbury Councillor Karl Saleh, Veteran Larry Bantine. Christian Jake Monroe (carrying the medals of his late uncle Veteran Patrick Monroe), Federal Banks MP Daryl Melham and Bankstown MP Tony Stewart.

“It is one of Australia’s most important occasions – it allows us to remember and recognise those who have stood before us to service and protect Australia,” Cr Saleh said.

“It is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made in defending the Australia we enjoy today.

“We owe a great debt to these people as many of them set off to war unsure if they would return, but strong in the belief that Australia was a country worth fighting for.

“[Anzac Day] is our chance to credit our servicemen and women both past and present and let them know that their service is remembered, appreciated and honoured.”