It is these inspiring souls who taught us bravery, ambition, resilience, persistence and loyalty. They truly signify what it means to be Australian. Although this day is mainly for the purpose of remembrance, reflection and appreciation it also creates a sense of pride within our nation, because to have these courageous Australians is to be bold and proud.
So wear your poppies with pride. Appreciate their sacrifices for this nation. Follow in their footsteps through persistence, endurance and resilience. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts and pay our respects to the men and women who served, their families and most importantly their courage to enlist to sustain our freedom. We will remember them, lest we forget.
Those were the touching words of Abeer Yassine, a local year 12 student who spoke at this year's Lidcombe RSL Sub-Branch Remembrance Day Service. Administrator Viv May attended the service and placed a wreath on behalf of Cumberland in remembrance of the sacrifices of Australians in all armed conflicts.
There were also other Remembrance Day commemorations held around the local area. Interim General Manager Malcolm Ryan provided the main address at the Auburn RSL Sub Branch Memorial Service held at Auburn Memorial Park. Deputy General Manager of Corporate and Community, Maxine Kenyon represented Cumberland at a service held at Merrylands Memorial Park organised jointly by Merrylands East Public School and Merrylands RSL Sub Branch.