This year marks 100 years since the infamous landings of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the beaches at Gallipoli which forged our nation’s identity.  This faithful event etched in stone the ANZAC spirit of courage, mate ship and sacrifice that is still alive today.

Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan MP, said this ANZAC Day he will have the privilege of attending the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli, representing the Redlands community.

“I am extraordinarily fortunate to be one of the 8,120 Australians selected in the ballot to go to Gallipoli for ANZAC day.

“I entered the ballot in 2014 as I had three relatives serving Australia in this war and the opportunity to visit this significant site is monumental for myself and my family,” Mr. McEachan said.

Matt will be laying a wreath on behalf of the Redlands community, presented to him by John Clifton of the Redland Bay South RSL Sub Branch.

“I am delighted that Matt is laying a wreath on behalf of our local RSL.

“Every ANZAC Day is special, but the 100 year anniversary is especially so,” Mr. Clifton said.

Mr. McEachan said that while this is a personally funded trip it was an honour to represent Redlands and lay a wreath on behalf of the local community and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

ANZAC Day is a day to remember not only the thousands of brave young men who fought at Gallipoli but to acknowledge the sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors and airmen and women from all conflicts past and present. We thank them.

Lest we forget.

[ENDS] 23 April 2015