Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras
Communities Across Victoria Unite For Anzac Day
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras today encouraged all communities across Victoria to participate in this year’s Anzac Day.
Mr. Kotsiras said the annual commemorations on 25 April were a day for all Australians to honour the sacrifices of those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peace-keeping operations.
“Though the Anzac legend has its origins in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915, the meaning of Anzac Day extends far beyond that.” Mr. Kotsiras said.
“On Anzac Day we commemorate the fallen, acknowledge the service of our veterans and cherish the freedoms secured on our behalf by so many in the diverse theatres of war and peace keeping missions since 1915.” Mr. Kotsiras said.
“From the European trenches in WWI, to campaigns in the Middle East, Europe and Asia in WWII, the Korean War, the Malay Emergency, the Vietnam War, and recently, peacekeeping and policing missions in Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands, and engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Australian men and women have fought and many have laid down their lives for us to enjoy freedoms others can only imagine.”
Mr. Kotsiras said Anzac Day represented the freedom of each and every Australian and the upholding of our democratic principles and way of life.
“I encourage all Victorians to pause and acknowledge the contribution of those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy.” Mr. Kotsiras said.
Mr. Kotsiras said Victoria was a harmonious and cohesive society where culturally diverse communities united in their commitment to Victoria’s democratic institutions and values.
“In honouring those who served and died in the throes of war since the landing on Gallipoli we ensure the meaning of Anzac Day is neither diminished nor forgotten.” Mr. Kotsiras said.
“On Anzac Day, we measure ourselves against the sacrifice of others and renew our commitment to freedom and democracy.”