Remember true meaning of Anzac: Bruce Scott
NINETY-EIGHT years on from the Gallipoli landing, Maranoa MP Bruce Scott is calling on Australians to remember the true meaning of Anzac.
"Anzac Day is a day of commemoration not celebration," Mr Scott said.
"It is 98 years since Australian troops landed at Gallipoli little knowing they were creating a legend that endures to our time and defines our national character in the eyes of many around the world."
Mr Scott said it was important to continue to honour the role of servicemen and women and attend Anzac Day services.
"We must remember the families that carry the burden of a lost father, husband, brother or friend who never returned."
Mr Scott also encouraged people to start thinking about the Anzac Day centenary in 1915 and said each constituency had $100,000 to spend to commemorate the occasion.
"We want to work with the community to see how best that money could assist with local events," he said.
"It is not a lot in an area that's about 43% the size of Queensland, but we will deal with that."
He encouraged anyone with ideas to contact him or their local RSL branch.
"Maybe in Roma that could mean the re-enactment of the recruitment march to the railway station or a commemorative dinner," he said.
"We want to get schoolkids involved in the research."
Mr Scott also promoted his Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorative guide which includes military history, flag protocol and orders of service.
"Seventy-five thousand of these have been delivered across all schools, RSLs and letterboxes across the constituency," he said.
"It's even got a tried and true recipe for Anzac biscuits from my grandmother in it."
See Tuesday's Western Star for more on this year's Anzac Day services across the Roma region.