Williamstown gathered at the city’s cenotaph on Thursday 25th April for the Anzac Day 2019 dawn service, to remember and recognise the service and sacrifice of all those who have served.
State Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne said Anzac Day is a day to remember those who gave so much so that we could prosper, those who left their homes in service of our country, and those who gave their lives.
“We remember 20-year-old Joseph Alexander Aitken from Willy who lost his life one year and three days after he enlisted. We remember 34-year-old Albert Lewis Benjamin who lived in Spotswood and was killed in action in France,” Ms Horne said.
“We remember John Murray Campigli, son of the Williamstown Station Master and member of the Williamstown Sea Cadets, who died in Tripoli in 1918. Over 100 years since the Great War ended, we remember them.”
Federal Member for Gellibrand Tim Watts said he was impressed to see that the service was well supported by the community after the closure of the Williamstown RSL and the challenges the Newport RSL has faced this year.
“These ceremonies take a lot of effort from volunteer committees to pull together so I was pleased to see that they were well supported by the community despite the challenges” Mr Watts said.
“Our RSLs provide valuable support to servicemen in our community and they welcome support in this cause from the general public all year round. So do what you can to help them out, even if it’s just coming down to help put a few beers over the bar.”
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates the contribution and suffering of all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.