Anzac Day 2018


Merrylands RSL Club and sub-Branch are proud to host Anzac Day commemorations annually on the 25th of April. Every year thousands of Australians are joined together through the Dawn Service to pay tribute to and remember those who have served. In 2018 it was no different, with an estimated 2,000 people in attendance at Charles Mance Reserve, Merrylands. But the overwhelming presence from the younger generation was something to be proud of as our nation continues to grow into a multicultural and younger generation. Merrylands RSL sub-Branch President, Mr Rob Grimley, said “As the numbers of our older veterans are falling, we can feel assured that the young people of the community will continue to preserve the legacy forged by our armed forces and ensure the spirit of the Anzac’s is not forgotten.”

This was supported by an endearing oration given by two young students from the Trinity Catholic College in Auburn, who spoke about what Anzac Day means to them as first generation Australians. Sesilia Anasi and John Tuipulotu both have family roots that connect them to New Zealand and spoke of their admiration and gratitude of the sacrifices made for the free country they can enjoy.

This was followed by an Anzac oration delivered by Lieutenant Xan Philp from the 101st Construction Squadron, 5th Engineer Regiment based at Holsworthy. He spoke from the diary excerpts relating to the First World War service of Captain Alexander Jackson Cunningham 2nd Field Company Engineers. This brought the reality and harshness of the war to the beauty of the Dawn service in Charles Mance Reserve by providing detailed descriptions of his experience.

As we continue to commemorate this special day, the Club and sub-Branch will anticipate that the engagement from the local community and younger generation will continue to grow. It is the largest date in our calendar each year and are pleased to see that the importance is shared within our community.