Major Matthew Vine, Second-in-Command of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was guest speaker at the official Remembrance Day Service held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney. The service was attended by the Governor, Her Excellency, Marie Bashir; the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Barry O’Farrell, the President of the RSL, Mr Don Rowe AM and representatives from the armed services, ex-service organisations, the consular corps and schools.
The 19th Century poet Tennyson wrote: ’Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do and die’.
When the call for volunteers went out a nation answered.
The nation was new and the nation was bold.
The people were toughened by the unforgiving land and forged in a bond of nationality.
The threat was not to them directly and indeed the call came from a land far away. (more…)