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Centenary of ANZAC: we will never forget

THOUSANDS of Tasmanians united as one on Saturday 25 April to commemorate a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Centenary of ANZAC.

To honour the 100th anniversary of the first landings at Gallipoli during World War One (WWI), a number of ceremonies were held around the greater Hobart area.

For the first time in history, all members of the public were encouraged to participate in a Centenary of ANZAC event, the “Coo-ee March”.

The march commenced after the main commemorations at the Hobart Cenotaph and progressed to Waterman’s Dock at Sullivans Cove.

At the dock marchers threw poppies into the water in memory of the nearly 2,500 Tasmanians who left for WWI and never returned.

The annual Hobart ANZAC Parade, organised by Returned Services League (RSL) Tasmania’s Hobart ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee, featured many different contingents forming up in Macquarie Street.

More than 1000 people marched in the parade including visiting Timor Leste veterans and an Army Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle.

RSL Tasmania’s Hobart ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee chairman Colonel Michael Romalis said this year, there was a focus on community participation in the commemorations.

“While the main parade is a tribute to veterans and their families, the Coo-ee March was something that everyone could be a part of,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman honoured those who had served, and especially those men and women who had lost their lives doing so, in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations since WWI.

“One hundred years on and every year on this day we commemorate this catastrophic campaign and remember the brave first ANZACs,” he said.

“Fifteen thousand Tasmanians enlisted in WWI, and sadly 2,432 never came home.

“ANZAC Day is a most poignant and emotive occasion and the 100th Anniversary was made even more special with the dedication of a new Flame of Remembrance at Hobart’s Cenotaph.”

Premier Hodgman said he congratulated RSL Tasmania for its commitment and perseverance for making the Flame of Remembrance “dream” a reality.

“I am extremely proud that my government was able to support the project, which will be an enduring symbol of our gratitude for those who have served our nation,” he said.

“It also gives Tasmanians and visitors a place to reflect and remember.

“This new Flame of Remembrance will ensure we never, ever forget.”

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