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Sunday 25 April 2021

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, today delivered the 2021 ANZAC Day Dawn Service of Remembrance speech at Brisbane’s ANZAC Square.

The Governor used the occasion to particularly focus on the contributions of the Royal Australian Air Force to Australia’s defence, in the RAAF’s centenary year.

“This year we celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force, and we pay homage to its men and women.

“Over the past 100 years, the planes and technology have changed beyond recognition. What hasn’t altered, is Air Force personnel’s commitment to service and their country.

“In World War 2, Queensland played an integral part in Australia’s air defence of the Pacific – and of our own shores.

“Horn Island, off the northern tip of Queensland, was attacked by Japanese aircraft on at least eight occasions – the second hardest hit Australian region after Darwin. Townsville and Mossman would also come under direct attack.

“In its centenary year, while we pause a little longer in acknowledgement of the RAAF, our gratitude and unalloyed respect belong to all who have served, all who are serving.

“We further turn our minds to those personnel who, for the moment, are still deployed in Afghanistan. They will return to a nation grateful for their service, and a nation very much aware of the human cost of our longest war – 42 Australian lives lost, and many more physically and mentally wounded. 

“Our ANZAC Day commemorations are unique to Australia and New Zealand.

“They are unique, because people want them, not because the government or the RSL ordains them. They are people led.”

Read the full speech here