ARARAT - In the lead up to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli next year, one of Ararat's young people has encouraged others to learn why Australians commemorate Anzac Day each year.
Representing Ararat's youth as well as the large New Zealand community in Ararat, Taine Pearse spoke passionately about the Anzac spirit.
"Over the next 12 months I encourage my peers and friends to learn why we commemorate this day and why it has so much meaning to so many people across our two nations," he said.
Mr Pearse said on Anzac Day communities came together to remember and give thanks to those who fought during the past wars, especially the Anzacs.
He said the landing of the Anzac contingent on the Gallipoli peninsular on April 25 1915 started the loss of thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers; having landed on the hostile shore under heavy fire they set their eyes on the steep ridges and gullies they had to face.
"This first great national endeavour created great pride and a relationship which made them noticed that as soldiers they were second to none. Their efforts earned them the esteem of the world, this Anzac spirit spread throughout enhancing qualities of courage, sacrifice good humour and mateship," he said.
Mr Pearse said the Anzac spirit to this day has great meaning and relevance to the sense of identity of both Australia and New Zealand. He said throughout Australia and New Zealand we remember with pride those gallant men in the face of adversity struggle to achieve the task ahead.
"I know many of our family and friends were among the men and women who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of their countries," he said.
"My hope for my generation and for those to follow is we continue to show our appreciation to our Anzacs and also to show and live by the values and qualities that these men have shown.
"In saying this I would like to acknowledge the men and women who are currently serving our countries giving us the life we live today."