Anzac Day in Caulfield
On 17 April, David participated in the traditional Glen Eira Anzac Day Service, which was held at Caulfield Park, and laid a wreath to remember Australia’s fallen soldiers. He was struck by the huge number of people from all generations who attended the event on a cold, frosty afternoon and in particular by the many children who came to honour the Anzac Spirit.
“It is extremely important to pass on to future generations the importance of remembering those who fought and died and those who continue to fight to safeguard Australian values,” David said. “We must also educate recent immigrants to Australia about the Anzac heritage and tradition so that new Australians too understand the great sacrifices that have been made by Australian troops.”
The President of the Caulfield RSL Bob Larkin spoke at the event about the role played by the RSL in assisting veterans and their families and, in particular, discussed the impact of returning Australian soldiers from Caulfield upon the Victorian and Australian community.
Larkin told the stories of individuals such as Stanley Savige, a Murrumbeena local who founded the Legacy organisation, which cares for the families of those killed in war, and Harold Cohen, a returned soldier from Caulfield who became Chief Commissioner for Scouts in Victoria. He also highlighted the numerous accomplishments of Sir John Monash, perhaps Caulfield most famous Anzac, who pushed the government of the day to lay the foundation for Victorias state-wide electricity grid and lobbied for the construction of the Shrine of Remembrance.
Larkin finally discussed the inspiring story of one Caulfield Anzac who laid the foundations for one of Australias most historic and memorable sporting events.
“It was a Victorian who swam in the 1908 Olympics, served in the first war, swam in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics and decided that Australia could do it better. He headed a delegation that went to London to bid for the games. He asked the State and Federal government to support a bid to win the Olympic Games for Australia. They offered minimal support. So in true Anzac spirit he did it anyway. The result is now history. The 1956 Olympics were renowned the world over as the friendly games. His name was Frank Beaurepaire, and I am proud to say that he was associated with Caulfield, through his membership of the RSL.”
On April 25, Anzac Day itself, David attended a morning service at the Caulfield RSL, along with many other members of the Caulfield community. There, along with millions of other Australians across the country, they honoured and remembered those brave individuals who fought to protect Australia, its people and its way of life.