South Australians remember service and sacrifice

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Robinson (author), SGT Rob Hack (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide

Topic(s): Centenary of Anzac, Anzac Day, HMAS AE1, HMAS AE2, 75th Anniversary

Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, both currently serving and those from the past, march in the Adelaide Anzac Day march. (photo: SGT Rob Hack)
Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, both currently serving and those from the past, march in the Adelaide Anzac Day march.

The heavens opened with a downpour of rain as nearly five thousand people gathered in the pre-dawn light at the State War Memorial in Adelaide to begin this year’s Anzac commemorations.
 
The Senior Navy representative at the South Australian Anzac commemoration this year was Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore.
 
Rear Admiral Gilmore said that it was impressive to see so many current Navy personnel and their families participate alongside those sailors who have served Australia previously across such a breadth of operational commitments and conflict.
 
“The pride demonstrated by all reflects the considerable personal contribution and great dedication made by so many,” he said.
 
“Personally, I was most honoured to have been able to be in Adelaide from where I joined the Navy in 1977 for what was my last Anzac Day whilst in full time service as I transfer to the Reserves on 30 April.
 
“It was a most memorable and quite an emotional day as I, like so many, reflect on the service and sacrifice made along with the enormous satisfaction in being able to say, I am a sailor in Australia's Navy,” Rear Admiral Gilmore said.
 
Commander Navy Headquarters – South Australia Commander Andrew Burnett attended the Dawn Service in the Adelaide CBD and then the march through the city of Adelaide.
 
“The Navy, which is relatively small in South Australia, has a deep history with HM Colonial Ship Protector, which was involved in the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. It then served in the First World war as the escort to submarines AE1 and AE2,” he said.
 
“I am originally from South Australia and this was my first Anzac Day home and also since deploying to the Middle East last year.
 
“This year I reflected on the service of all Navy personnel who have served in all conflicts from the Boer War through to current operations,” Commander Burnett said.
 
Director General Reserves and Cadets, Commodore Mark Hill attended the Anzac Youth Vigil and Dawn Service at Semaphore.
 
“On Anzac Day I take the time to think about all those I have served with, especially with those on operations in Timor Leste and the Middle East,” Commodore Hill said.
 
Navy contributed senior representatives to Anzac Day activities across regional and metropolitan South Australia, including Port Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Semaphore, Tea Tree Gully, Henley-Grange, Mount Gambier, Unley, Whyalla, Yankalilla, and McLaren Vale.