This weekend I was proud of the Albany community and the tireless work that many members of the city put in to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.
I would particularly like to congratulate the Albany Sub Branch of the RSL and the City of Albany for their work in ensuring the events over the weekend were a success.
Last Thursday night I attended a fantastic concert put on by the Albany Sinfonia and Albany City Band at the Entertainment Centre to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. I was impressed to see the venue filled to capacity and was pleased to provide support to this concert through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.
The Albany Combined Schools Anzac Commemorative Service held on Friday was a unique event, and I congratulate all the schools and students who participated on the day.
The impressive crowds at the Dawn Service on Mount Clarence, and the march and memorial service at Anzac Peace Park, reflected the significance of the day to the Albany community.
The speech by Sir Angus Houston, acknowledging the selfless sacrifice of our servicemen and women defending our freedom, was a highlight of the service.
It was moving to see sons and daughters of these war veterans, pay their tributes at the services.
There were many other events in Albany over the weekend to mark the occasion. My family joined me on the Gallipoli Run on Sunday, and it was great to enjoy some friendly rivalry with State Member for Albany Peter Watson and his family.
Given that Albany was the last sight of homeland for the men and women who served in World War 1, this city holds an important place in the Anzac Story.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Albany community for their efforts in ensuring their sacrifice is not forgotten.
Rick Wilson MP
Federal Member for O’Connor