Each Anzac Day, we pause to remember and reflect on the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who have fought and died defending our nation over the last century, many of whom were taken long before their time.

This year marks the anniversaries of a number of major battles from World War I, World War II and Vietnam. These include the centenaries of the five Battles of Ypres on the Western Front and the Battle of Gaza, and the famous charge of the light horse at Beersheba. We also observe the 75th anniversaries of the Fall of Singapore, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Milne Bay, the Battle of El Alamein, the Kokoda campaign, and the 50th anniversary of Operation Bribie in Vietnam.

I enjoyed meeting many of you at Anzac services throughout our community, including at Galston, Hornsby, Kenthurst, Annangrove, Glenorie, Brooklyn, Cherrybrook Lakes, Bupa Dural and Galston High School. I would like to especially thank the tireless organisers of these commemorative events including the Glenorie RSL, the RSL Sub-Branches of the Hills District, Hornsby and Brooklyn, The Rotary Club of Kenthurst and the Annangrove Progress Association.

The Anzac spirit teaches us the importance of showing courage in the face of adversity and of serving your community and your country. Residents serve our community in many ways – in the defence force, volunteer fire brigade, Scouts, Rotary Lions and in other charitable efforts. Lest We Forget.