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Canberra Service reflects on victims



A century of war has left severed limbs and broken bodies and men and women unharmed, but changed

It's a sight and a feeling Veteran army surgeon Colonel Susan Neuhaus knows only too well after serving in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Bouganville

The first woman to deliver a commemoration speech at the Canberra Morning Service recalled her childhood experiences of Anzac Day's early morning.

As a girl, she did not understand the silence of "half murmured hymns and of old men lost in their own thoughts."

"Yet these stories of service and sacrifice have been transformed into my DNA," she said ,

"Like most Australians today, I have no faded photographs of men or women in uniform on my mantelpiece and do not know any family members who served on the beaches of Gallipoli, on the muddy fields of the Somme, or indeed the jungles of Southeast Asia. 19659007] "And yet, like all of us, I benefit from what they did. "

Because of their sacrifices, those who need to grow old do so in a peaceful land with suffrage, marry who they please, and hope that future generations will have those freedoms too, she said

to dignitaries at the Australian War Memorial included Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Vice-Chief of the Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

But AWM Director Brendan Nelson said the true special guests were the 38,000 Australians who fell under the stars gathered and waited for the dawn to break to remember the Anzacs and the neighbors.

This year is the 103rd anniversary of the landing in Gallipoli and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux Crowds were there to remember a special person and to honor those they served.

Under i There were hundreds of former Australian Army apprentices.

More than 800 of them are experienced They should lead the march later in the morning as part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of their founding.


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