SLSA President’s ANZAC message
ANZAC Day is one of our most important national occasions and this year was to have taken on extra significance for our surf lifesaving community, with a special commemorative service planned to be held at Broadbeach as part of our 2020 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the morning of April 25, with competition not scheduled to begin until the afternoon.
The present circumstances and times we live in due to COVID-19 has prevented this service from taking place, as well as many of the traditional activities that our surf clubs host across the country to commemorate ANZAC Day. However, I am sure that our humanitarian spirit and approach to life, will see us find other ways to appropriately remember and commemorate.
As surf lifesavers, our job is to protect, to save and preserve lives and when the call has come over the years to serve and protect our country in war, surf lifesavers have volunteered by the thousands.
At this time of year I take the time to reflect and read through the “Those Who Served, Surf Lifesavers at War” written by Stan Vesper – the book lists over 8000 members of surf clubs who have served in wars over the years of which almost 700, lost their lives. For an overview of the book, that was launched in 2015 – click here
Their commitment and selfless contribution to our nation is both admirable and inspiring and so emblematic of surf lifesavers and the communities they serve(d).
On behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia I wish to thank and acknowledge all who have, or are presently serving our country and I would encourage all Members to take a moment on ANZAC day to remember the people who have dedicated themselves to the safekeeping of our country and way of life.
I, like thousands of other Australians will tomorrow morning at 6am be taking a moment to remember those who served and sacrificed.