Anzac Day provides an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have been injured and those who have paid the highest price of all in representing Australia in areas of conflict around the world for over 100 years.
It is a time for reflection and a time to think of grief-stricken families and the carers of those who have been injured.
It is also a time to reconnect with the importance of peace and to remember that as human beings we have more in common than that which divides us.
Building common ground makes our communities more resilient, caring and thankful for what we have and less prone to jeopardise peace.
The ceremonies that many of us attended on 25 April were solemn — solemn in remembrance, solemn in pride and solemn in our commitment to each other to keep peace.
I take this opportunity to thank all RSL members and volunteers for their efforts on Anzac Day, in particular the Geelong RSL sub-branch and the Portarlington and St Leonards RSL sub-branch for encouraging our local communities to come together on this very significant day to remember and reflect.