An Anzac Message to all Australians

Australia's Centenary of the Great War of 1914-1918 will be an emotional time as we remember the service and sacrifice of those who answered the call to serve our country.

The Centenary is a chance to commemorate the Anzac Spirit of Australians in the First World War and in later conflicts.

We will remember them as soldiers, nurses and sailors but also as mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts. Each in their own way gave to the freedom we share today.

It is also timely to remember today's servicemen and women who continue that tradition. They need our support and encouragement especially those injured in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and on peacekeeping missions.

For these modern day warriors the battle goes on each day.

The Ode of Remembrance is our promise to generations of Australian servicemen and women.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

Throughout the Centenary let us honour that promise to remember.

Peter Leahy
Lieutenant General (Retired)
Chairman, Soldier On